• An Assessment of Safety Belt Use In Alaska - 1992

      Kruse, Jack; Hanna, Virgene (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1992)
      During the summer of 1992, over 24,000 vehicles were observed in a survey of seatbelt use. Information on these vehicles, the driver, and the outboard passenger was recorded and analyzed. Of the passenger cars in the sample area, covering 85 percent of the state's population, 62 percent of the drivers and 57 percent of the outboard passengers were observed to be wearing seatbelts. Cars in which both the driver and passenger in the same car were belted were observed 55 percent of the time. Of all the drivers and all the passengers observed, 66 percent were buckled. Drivers and outboard passengers of pickup trucks and recreational vehicles were much less likely to be wearing their seatbelts. The same techniques used for observing vehicles were used for observing motorcycles. Areawide, 51 percent of the drivers of motorcycles were wearing helmets. It is important to note that survey results pertain to the driver and outboard passenger in a probability sample of vehicles drawn from the most settled areas of Alaska. Included in this area are the Municipality of Anchorage, the MatanuskaSusitna Borough, the Juneau Borough, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
    • An Assessment of Safety Belt Use In Alaska Summer 2000

      Hanna, Virgene (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2000)
      In 1984, the Alaska State Legislature passed a law requiring children aged six and under to be restrained while being transported in a vehicle. this law was amended in February of 1989 to require the use of safety belts by children under sixteen and by adults. To be eligible for certain federal grants, states must document levels of compliance with seatbelt laws. During June, July and August of 2000, ISER researchers recorded and analyzed seat belt use by drivers and front seat passengers in both passenger cars and trucks. In the sample area (which includes 85 percent of the state's population), 62 percent of drivers and 61 percent of outboard passengers were wearing seatbelts. these numbers reflect an increase of less than 1 percent over 1999.