The 2019 Roadside Observation Seat Belt Survey found that passengers use seat belts 93% of the time when the driver of the vehicle has also fastened their seat belt.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) conducted a survey observing over 32,000 vehicles in 13 jurisdictions. When the driver of a vehicle does not buckle up, passenger use of seat belts falls to 40%.
MDOT also released their “Seat Belts Look Good on You” campaign, promoting seat belt use for teenage drivers.
From the Southern Maryland Chronicle:
As part of the “Seat Belts Look Good on You,” campaign, drivers ages 16 to 19 who take and pass the road skills test on the third Friday of the month during the school year will receive a free “seat belt” necktie or scarf. The promotional items will be available at full-service MDOT MVA branches while supplies last, beginning September 20. The road skills test is part of the driver’s licensing process.
MDOT MVA’s survey also showed that the seat belt usage rate increased from last year in passenger vehicles.