Seatbelt Use as a Police Avoidance Strategy : A Test Using the Legality of Medical Marijuana

@inproceedings{Adams2017SeatbeltUA,
  title={Seatbelt Use as a Police Avoidance Strategy : A Test Using the Legality of Medical Marijuana},
  author={Scott Wardell Adams and Chad D. Cotti and Darin F. Ullman},
  year={2017}
}
One way to avoid detection of law enforcement officials if you are engaging in illegal activities is to wear a seatbelt. Therefore, an unintended consequence of laws allowing people to possess marijuana for medical purposes is that seatbelt use may decline among groups whose possession of marijuana is now legal. We find a decrease in seatbelt use among middle-aged males, providing evidence that drivers use seatbelts as a means to avoid police interaction. We find no such reduction in seatbelt… CONTINUE READING

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