SJTPO FY2012 Seat Belt Survey - Part 2

posted Jan 14, 2014, 3:03 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 3:30 AM ]
VINELAND, NJ (TRANSPORTATION SAFETY STUDY) - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez) was selected in 2012 by the South Jersey Transportation Planning
Organization (SJ
TPO), for Part 2 of the 2012 Seat Belt Study.  This transportation safety study required performing field surveys to assess seatbelt usage by motorists throughout the SJTPO region.  The project was also sponsored by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance (SJTSA).  This year's study focussed on compliance with state laws for restraint use for children under 18 in the rear seat.  Observations were classified by age, gender and restraint type.  The collected data was used as a baseline to compare the SJTPO region's seat belt usage rate with the state and national rates.

The 2012 seat belt data collection effort consisted of observational surveys of approximately 910 passengers in 634 vehicles at 9 sites throughout the four counties that comprise the SJTPO region; Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties.  Traffic data collection specialists observed traffic on both streets at intersections, and thus were able to determine seat belt and cell phone usage of both stopped vehicles and moving vehicles.  The survey was based on the National Highway Traffic Administration's (NHTSA) “National Occupant Protection Use Surveys (NOPUS)” and was meant to be a “snapshot” of the entire region.  The data was compiled using Microsoft Access and presented to the SJTPO in a formal report.

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez was responsible for providing land surveying and zoning permit services including but not limited:
  • Rear Seat Child Restraint Use Study – Observed 910 motorists at 9 sites to see compliance with state laws for restraint use for children under 18 in the rear seat.
  • Report Preparation & Design – Report graphics were created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and then compiled using Adobe InDesign.  A project website was created using GoogleApps.
For more information: Download Project Profile