More truckers than car drivers use seat belts, survey shows

March 02, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland State Police report that a recent survey of three intersections in Carroll County reveals that drivers of light trucks are using safety belts more often than drivers of passenger cars, but only by 3 percent.

Police said 82 percent of the drivers of light trucks were belted in, compared with 79 percent of the automobile drivers checked during the survey at routes 140 at 97, routes 26 at 32 and routes 30 at 88.

The surveys, conducted in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program, showed a pattern of passenger car seat belt usage and an increase in light truck compliance, according to figures released Thursday.

Motorists passing the Eldersburg site rated highest in the use of safety belts with an average of 84 percent, while the drivers passing the Hampstead location averaged only 71 percent, police said. Motorists in the Westminster area using safety belts averaged 81 percent, the survey stated.

Thousands of children are killed or injured each year in motor vehicle collisions and 30 percent of them are improperly secured or not secured at all, state police report.

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