Only 44 Percent of Passengers Killed in Indiana Collisions Were Wearing Proper Safety Restraints

July 10, 2008

In 2007, 54,464 passenger vehicle occupants were injured or killed in Indiana traffic collisions, 85 percent of whom were wearing proper safety restraints. Only 44 percent of the 669 passenger vehicle occupants fatally injured, however, were properly restrained. A recent report, Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Occupant Protection 2007, published by the Indiana University Center Criminal Justice Research 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 passenger vehicle collisions between 2003 and 2007.