Safety belt laws require the use of safety belts by motor vehicle occupants.
Specific requirements (e.g., age, seating position, fines, exceptions) vary by state.
A potential harm of safety belt laws can be found in the theory that safety belt use will lead to other unsafe driving behaviors, thus neutralizing any beneficial effect that their use might confer.
No studies reviewed, however, have shown an association between safety belt laws and increases in unsafe driving behaviors.
No qualifying economic information was identified from the literature.
*From the following publication: Task Force on Community Preventive Services.
Recommendations to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants: increasing child safety seat use, increasing safety belt use, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving.
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Safety belt laws mandate the use of safety belts by motor vehicle occupants. Task Force Finding Thirty-three studies qualified for the systematic review. Recommendations to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants: increasing child safety seat use, increasing safety belt use, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving. The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends safety belt laws as a strategy based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in increasing safety belt use and reducing fatal and non-fatal injuries among adolescents and adults. Motor-vehicle occupant injury: strategies for increasing use of child safety seats, increasing use of safety belts, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving. The Guide to Community Preventive Services: What Works to Promote Health? Read other Community Guide publications about Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention in our library.