Indiana restraint usage rates continue to rise

June 04, 2010

In 2009, 45,181 passenger vehicle occupants were injured or killed in Indiana traffic collisions, more than 87 percent of whom were wearing proper safety restraints. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies safety belt use as the most effective practice a person can employ to prevent deaths and injuries resulting from traffic collisions. This fact sheet summarizes occupant protection data trends, legislation, and public awareness efforts at the national, state, and county levels with a particular emphasis on restraint use and injuries resulting from passenger vehicle collisions between 2005 and 2009.