The primary objective of this study was to conduct a statewide survey to determine public opinion of a statewide mandatory safety belt law. The survey was conducted so that opinions could be analyzed by areas of the state. The method used to separate the state into geographic regions was to use the boundaries of the 15 Area Development Districts (ADD). A mail survey was conducted with 1,000 questionnaires sent to each ADD. A response rate of 51 percent was obtained.

The respondents were in favor of a statewide law requiring use of safety belts. The statewide percentage in favor of such a law was 76 percent. All regions of the state supported such a law. The percentage in favor ranged from 65 percent in the Lake Cumberland, Gateway, and Buffalo Trace ADDs to 81 percent in the KIPDA ADD.

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