Assessing the Effectiveness of Montana's Occupant Protection Program
Started: February, 2013 Ended: March, 2015 Project ID #4W4354 Status: Completed
Results & Findings
As described in the final report, the evaluation suggested that MDT’s programs largely operate independently of one another. Buckle Up Montana program presence was associated with increased seat restraint use rates, and this was especially true in areas that were not in large media catchment areas. Selective traffic enforcement programs showed a strong relationship with increased seat restraint use, but this relationship disappeared in models that included all programs. Driver education program completion rates were not associated with increased seat belt use. There was no saturating effect of program impacts, except for media campaigns, where additional dollars lead to improved occupant protection rates only to a point. Detecting program-specific effects was challenging using the NOPUS data, and the team suggested additional data collection for isolating particular program effects in the future.
The purpose of this project was to quantitatively evaluate the relationships between MDT's occupant protection program activities and seat restraint usage throughout Montana, in an effort to clarify how MDT's occupant protection programs may affect seat restraint use.
The purpose of this project was to quantitatively evaluate the relationships between MDT's occupant protection program activities and seat restraint usage throughout Montana, in an effort to clarify how MDT's occupant protection programs may affect seat restraint use. Quantitative evaluations of program effectiveness are critical to optimizing program impacts, yet performing evaluations of these programs is challenging. Here, a cross-disciplinary research team worked in collaboration with Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) to produce a quantitative evaluation of four programs (Office of Public Instruction driver education programs, Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs, Buckle Up Montana coalitions, and media campaigns) aimed at improving seat belt use rates in the state of Montana. Program impacts were measured using National Occupant Protection Survey data from 2010 to 2012.
Laura Stanley - PI
Files & Documents
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Sponsors & Partners
- Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Sponsor
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