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July 8, 1992

'Beverly Hills, 90210': The Lap Belts Don't Show on TV

Author Affiliations

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, Mass
UCLA School of Medicine Los Angeles, Calif

JAMA. 1992;268(2):200. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490020044027

To the Editor.  —Safety-belt wearers who sustain motor vehicle accidents have an approximate two-thirds reduction in severity of injury, hospital admissions, and hospital charges.1 Unfortunately, young adults are among those least likely to wear safety belts.2"Beverly Hills, 90210" is a popular television show among young adult viewers. The stars are 17-year-old fraternal twins (one boy, one girl) who are both licensed drivers. Although these two "role models" do a lot of driving, consistent with the show's Southern California milieu, neither actor ever buckles up.The producers of this show should insist that the actors wear safety belts during the show's filming. This seemingly innocuous procedure might encourage young adult viewers to wear their safety belts and might reduce the head and facial injury rate in this age group.