Safety Belt Usage

Since 1994 the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) has provided the state of Mississippi with annual Safety Belt Campaign Evaluations. Initiated by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mississippi participates in a national media and enforcement blitz known as the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. This effort targets non-belted drivers and passengers and attempts to change their behavior by increasing their awareness of Mississippi’s primary seat belt law (enacted in 2006). By using a probabilistic sampling methodology on the Mississippi road network, specific counties and road segments are chosen for observational research. A coordinated team of observers is utilized to collect safety information before and after the media and enforcement campaign. All results are compiled by the SSRC and official safety belt, as well as motorcycle helmet use, data for Mississippi are generated. This project is funded by the Office of Highway Safety, Division of Public Safety Planning and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

2016 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2015 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2014 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2013 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2012 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2011 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2010 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2009 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2008 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey

2007 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2006 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2005 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2004 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2003 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2002 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey
2001 Mississippi Safety Belt / Motorcycle Helmet Survey

Child Restraint Usage

Since 1994, the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) has also provided the state of Mississippi with annual Child Restraint Surveys. These observational surveys are conducted near places where children are anticipated to be in vehicles. The convenience sample includes observation locations such as fast food establishments, child care centers, shopping centers, grocery stores and churches. A coordinated team of observers is utilized to collect safety information for infant, toddler and booster seat usage. The belted status of drivers is also recorded. All results are compiled by the SSRC and approximated child restraint usage data are generated. This project is funded by the Office of Highway Safety, Division of Public Safety Planning and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

2016 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2015 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2014 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2013 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2012 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2011 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2010 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2009 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2008 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2007 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2006 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2005 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2004 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2003 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey
2002 Mississippi Child Restraint Survey

Teen Safety Belt Usage

In 2009, a new target population is the focus of attention in Mississippi. The teen population, age 16 to 20 in particular, has a significantly high unbelted death rate in automobile crashes throughout the state. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is leading the effort to reduce the death rate in this age group by introducing a parallel teen seat belt awareness campaign within the larger “Click It or Ticket” campaign. A convenience sample of locations around high schools, colleges and retail establishments is planned to capture a high volume of “belted status” observations within this age group. A coordinated team of observers will be utilized to collect this safety information. All results will be compiled by the SSRC and teen belt use data for Mississippi will be generated. This project is funded by the Office of Highway Safety, Division of Public Safety Planning and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.