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Seatbelt Use Following Stricter Drunk Driving Regulations

Scott Adams (), Chad Cotti () and Nathan Tefft

No 22, Working Papers from University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy

Abstract: We present evidence from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that shows increased seat-belt use following the enactment of stricter BAC thresholds in states where seat-belt laws are primarily enforced. This suggests that inebriated drivers may use their seat-belts more judiciously to avoid being identified as a drunk driver by law enforcement. The interactive effect of stricter drunk driving laws and primary seat-belt laws are also shown to be more effective than either law passed in isolation in terms of reducing traffic fatalities.

Keywords: seatbelts; drunk driving (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 K4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2013-10
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