Spatial Analysis of Seatbelt (Non) Use in Louisiana
Track: Statistical Analysis
Authors: Jeff Dickey
Spatial analysis of seatbelt use could reveal areas with low seatbelt use and help to focus efforts to increase seatbelt use thereby reducing traffic fatalities. This project employed the Optimized Hot Spot Analysis tool to analyze the seatbelt use rate of drivers involved in crashes. Analysis by the home zip code of the driver revealed statistically significant clustering of high and low seatbelt use. Similar analysis would be useful to explore the spatial extent of other social problems.