Seat belt use is one of the most widely supported mechanisms to prevent motor vehicle occupant injuries.
Despite legislation, there is still room for improvement in seat belt compliance. According to researchers, enhanced enforcement programs have been shown to improve seat belt use. These programs typically involve increasing public awareness of enforcement efforts. Examples include increased media coverage and police presence.
More information on enhanced enforcement can be found by clicking on any of the following links:
- Use of Safety Belts: Enhanced Enforcement Programs – The Community Guide
- Effectiveness of primary enforcement safety belt laws and enhanced enforcement of safety belt laws: a summary of the Guide to Community Preventive Services systematic reviews.
- Policy Impact: Seat Belts – The National Centre for Injury Prevention and Control