In response to this problem, Congress enacted the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 19668 for the sole purpose of "reduc[ing] traffic accidents and deaths and injuries to persons resulting from traffic accidents." Since its inception in 1968, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has placed heavy emphasis on increasing the use of occupant restraint systems. In addition, the states have taken an active role in attempting to encourage, and in some instances mandate, the use of restraint devices. This comment will examine the various means employed by each in attempting to increase the driving public's use of motor vehicle occupant restraint systems.

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