Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Occupant Protection 2007

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Indiana University. Center for Criminal Justice Research

Author(s): Dona Sapp

Research Area: Transportation

Keywords: traffic safety; public safety; occupant protection

Type: Report

Coverage: Indiana


Only 44 percent of the 669 passenger vehicle occupants fatally injured in 2007 Indiana traffic collisions were wearing the proper safety restraints. Occupant protection devices (including safety belts, child restraint seats, airbags, and helmets) are designed for the specific purpose of reducing the occurrence and severity of injuries in traffic collisions.This fact sheet summarizes occupant protection data trends, legislation, and public awareness efforts at the national, state, and local levels with a particular emphasis on restraint use and injuries resulting from Indiana passenger vehicle collisions between 2003 and 2007.