Public Health Data Inventory

Safety Belt Usage (observation survey usage)


The survey collects actual usage of drivers, right front-seat passengers, including right front-seat passengers in booster seats but excluding right front seat passengers in child safety seats. The state uses the data to identify safety problems, including those defined in the state’s Highway Safety Plan and Highway Safety Improvement Program. This observation survey collects actual usage of driver, front-seat passengers, and children ages 5 and younger annually. Using a U.S. Department of Transportation approved method, a weighted safety-restraint use rate for the state is determined. Unweighted use rates are available for the 10 selected counties that make up the survey observation sites.

Type of Data

The data are sample for point-in-time study.

Data Collection Method and Availability

Surveys are conducted on randomly selected days of the week and times of day, and include occupants of non-commercial passenger cars, vans and minivans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and pickup trucks. Data were collected from vehicles randomly selected road segments and from each individual vehicle observed. All states are required to follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prescribed survey guidelines and therefore the protocol is the same too. The data have been collected annually for past 14 years.

Related Links and Reports

Nebraska Safety Belt Crash Data

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Office of Highway Safety
5001 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512
Phone: (402) 471-2515

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