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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2000

Motor Vehicle Injury – Safety Belts: Primary (vs. Secondary) Enforcement Laws

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends primary safety belt laws based on evidence of their superior effectiveness over secondary enforcement laws in reducing motor vehicle–related injuries and deaths. Primary safety belt laws allow police to stop motorists solely for being unbelted. Secondary safety belt laws permit police to ticket unbelted motorists only if they are stopped for other reasons such as speeding.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Injury and Violence Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
The Community Guide [Internet]. Motor Vehicle Injury – Safety Belts: Primary (vs. Secondary) Enforcement Laws. c2000– [cited 2017 Feb 17]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/motor-vehicle-injury-safety-belts-primary-vs-secondary-enforcement-laws