Seatbelt Use Among Drunk Drivers in Different Legislative Settings

15 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2014

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Scott J. Adams

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Economics

Chad D. Cotti

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh; University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Nathan Tefft

Bates College

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

We present evidence from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that shows increased seatbelt use following the concurrent presence of stricter blood alcohol content thresholds and primarily enforced seat belt laws. 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 seatbelt laws are also shown to be more effective than either law passed in isolation in terms of reducing traffic fatalities.

Suggested Citation

Adams, Scott J. and Cotti, Chad D. and Tefft, Nathan, Seatbelt Use Among Drunk Drivers in Different Legislative Settings (January 2015). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 758-772, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12155

Scott J. Adams (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Economics ( email )

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Chad D. Cotti

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

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Nathan Tefft

Bates College

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Lewiston, ME 04240
United States

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