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Fact Sheet # RS 2001–07
Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate
The National Occupant Restraint Program is an important element of Road Safety Vision 2010 - an ambitious partnership approved by federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Transport to make Canada's roads the safest in the world. The objective of NORP is to achieve a national seat belt usage rate of 95 percent for all occupants in light-duty vehicles (passenger cars, passenger vans and light trucks). Transport Canada's contribution to this program of monitoring seat belt usage rates in Canada is done through conducting an annual survey. The latest national survey of seat belt use took place between July 16 and July 22, 2001.
For Canada as a whole, the estimated proportion of all occupants of light-duty vehicles using seat belts is unchanged at 90 percent for the last three years (see Table 1). This estimate is accurate within ± 0.6 percent, 19 times out of 20 in repeated samples.
Other highlights of the 2001 survey of all occupants of light-duty vehicles for individual provinces and territories (in rounded percentages) are as follows:
The high national wearing rate is the result of increased safety awareness by the motoring public as well as concerted efforts in the areas of policy-making, safety promotion and enforcement by the provincial and territorial governments, police forces and road safety associations.
Light Trucks and Passenger Vans
Table 3 presents the survey results of seat belt use by type of vehicle. As in previous surveys, this year's survey distinguished passenger vans from light trucks. The national results show that the use of seat belts by all occupants is 91 percent in passenger vans and 83 percent in light trucks. Light trucks and passenger vans account for 32.7 percent of the vehicles included in the survey.
Table 4 presents the survey results of seat belt use by age group of vehicle occupants.
Within each category of vehicle, the use of seat belts by drivers increases as the age of the driver increases - the older the driver, the higher the seat belt use rate.
The July 2001 survey was undertaken at 243 sites selected by province and territory, community size and road type, and is comparable to the samples used in the previous national seat belt use surveys.
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330 Sparks Street
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