South Jersey Transportation & Planning Organization (SJTPO) recently released the results of its 2010 Seat Belt Survey. The annual project was awarded to Rodriguez Consulting LLC, a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the State of New Jersey, in March, 2010 and was completed in June, 2010.
The 2010 Seat Belt Observational Survey has identified seat belt use for drivers and passengers at 93 percent, up 3 points from 2009, and cell phone use by drivers at 5 percent, up 1 point from 2009.
The SJTPO funds this study every year to track trends in seat belt use and cell phone use. The 2010 study includes observations at local high schools to determine seat belt use and compliance with the GDL law amendments that went into effect May 1, 2010, including use of the decal on front and rear license plates.
Results of the high school observations show seat belt use at 91 percent, up 6 points from 2008 and compliance with the GDL law decals at only 11 percent.
For more information on the GDL Law, visit www.njteendriving.com.
The full 2010 Seat Belt Survey Report is available here: http://www.sjtsa.org/2010_Seat_Belt_Study.pdf