The 2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS) was the fifth in a series of biennial national telephone surveys on occupant protection issues conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data collection was conducted by the firm Schulman, Ronca, & Bucuvalas, Inc. (SRBI), a national survey research organization. The survey employed two questionnaires, each administered to a randomly selected national sample of approximately 6,000 persons age 16 and older (with younger ages oversampled). Interviewing began January 8, 2003 and ended March 30, 2003.
This report presents the survey findings pertaining to safety belts. The data are weighted to yield national estimates. Readers are cautioned that some subgroup analyses (indicated in the body of the report) are based on a small number of cases. Technical information on confidence intervals is presented in Appendix A so that readers may judge the precision of sample estimates. A full description of the methodology, and the questionnaires, is presented in a separate report.

Vehicle Characteristics

Safety Belt Use

Reasons For Safety Belt Use And Non-Use

Attitudes About The Utility Of Safety Belts, Risk Perception, And Fatalism

Attitudes, Knowledge, And Experience With Safety Belt Laws And Their Enforcement

Comparison To Prior Year Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Surveys

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