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Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign

Campaign Dates: April 21 27, 2017


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Pick-up trucks comprise 25 percent of the vehicle fleet in Louisiana. State observation surveys and fatality data show that pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of other kinds of passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts. Pick-up trucks are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes. The LHSC is funding a high-visibility enforcement and awareness campaign to encourage seat belt usage and reduce unrestrained fatalities among our pick-up truck drivers and passengers. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Buckle Up In Your Truck or you will get a ticket!



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PDF Icon 2014 Louisiana Seat Belt And Motorcycle Helmet Observation Survey Results


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Louisiana Seat Belt and Restraint Laws

Primary Seatbelt (R.S. 32:295.1) - vehicle 10,000 lbs. or less, all occupants must have seat belt when vehicle is in motion

Child Occupant Seatbelt (R.S. 32:295) - Children under the age of 6 years or less than 60 lbs. must be in a child restraint system or booster seat that is age and size appropriate, in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. Children 6 to 12 years of age must be restrained by a lap belt, shoulder harness, or an age / size appropriate child safety or booster seat.

Child Restraint Affidavit (R.S. 32:414T) - The department shall send written notification to the driver to inform them of 30 day allowance for the driver to show an affidavit for proof that an appropriate child safety seat has been obtained. Following the 30 day period, if not affidavit has been provided, the Department shall suspend the license of any person upon notification of the first or second conviction, until such time as he provides the department with a notarized affidavit stating he has acquired an approved age- or size-appropriate child restraint system where applicable and has complied with all other requirements of reinstatement as provided by law and department regulation.

Motorcycle Helmet (R.S. 32:190) - all motorcycle operators and passengers must wear a motorcycle helmet.


Distribution of Vehicle Type* by Region, 2014

Region%Car%Truck%SUV%Van
1-New Orleans41.9%22.8%28.9%6.4%
2-Baton Rouge42.7%26.4%26.1%4.8%
3-Houma37.0%33.4%24.6%4.9%
4-Lafayette41.9%34.5%19.0%4.6%
5-Lake Charles35.2%34.1%24.8%5.9%
6-Alexandria40.4%33.2%20.7%5.7%
7-Shreveport39.1%29.9%25.7%5.3%
8-Monroe39.6%29.6%26.6%4.2%
LA Total40.7%28.9%25.1%5.2%

*Unknown vehicle type not included


Louisiana Front Seat Belt Use Estimates by Region and Vehicle Type, 2014

RegionCARSTD
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PICKUPSTD
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SUVSTD
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VANSTD
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1-New Orleans81.1%2.2%74.7%3.2%84.5%2.3%86.7%3.5%
2-Baton Rouge86.8%1.8%75.4%3.3%89.8%2.1%86.3%4.2%
3-Houma88.9%2.9%84.5%3.9%87.5%3.5%94.2%4.9%
4-Lafayette87.7%1.6%80.1%2.4%86.6%2.7%88.1%4.5%
5-Lake Charles88.3%3.7%88.7%3.6%93.2%3.2%91.5%7.2%
6-Alexandria82.5%5.0%52.3%8.2%75.4%9.3%96.2%2.2%
7-Shreveport85.4%2.7%85.3%2.8%93.8%1.7%86.0%6.6%
8-Monroe76.9%5.1%71.4%7.1%72.1%6.8%95.6%2.6%
LA total85.5%0.93%78.5%1.36%86.8%1.20%88.7%1.93%


Louisiana Rear Passenger Seat Belt Use Rate, 2008-2011 & 2013-2014

 

Auto

Pickup

SUV

Van

Total

Rear Seat 2008

27.3%

12.5%

31.3%

29.4%

27.2%

Rear Seat 2010

50.0%

47.8%

77.2%

90.7%

58.4%

Rear Seat 2011

46.0%

40.3%

71.4%

93.6%

53.8%

Rear Seat 2013

50.9%

47.0%

67.1%

62.3%

54.8%

Rear Seat 2014

48.8%

42.4%

69.3%

77.4%

54.9%