Analysis of Factors Associated with Seatbelt Wearing Among Rear Passengers in Malaysia

  • Published: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion (2011) Vol. 18. No. 1
  • Authors: Mohamed, N., Yusoff, M., Isah, N., Othman, I., Rahim, S-A., and Paiman, N.
  • Date Added: 01 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 01 Feb 2013
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Objectives:

To explore factors associated with rear seatbelt wearing in order to inform future strategies

Methodology:

Questionnaire survey of rear passengers. Analysed using parametric and non-parametric statistics at the 0.05 level of significance.

Key Findings:

  • 22% of respondents reported ‘always’ wearing rear seatbelts.

  • History of being stopped by an enforcement officer and perception of being caught were significantly associated with rear seatbelt wearing.

  • History of being stopped by an enforcement officer and perception of being caught were categorised as “cues to action” or “reinforcing factors” for seatbelt wearing.

  • Factors which predispose individuals to wear seatbelts were: knowledge of the benefit of wearing a seatbelt, attitude and belief toward wearing a seatbelt.

  • Higher knowledge and positive attitude toward seatbelt wearing were significantly associated with rear seatbelt use.

  • Enforcement activities had the biggest impact on rear seatbelt wearing behaviour.

  • Recommends increasing the perception of being caught.Recommends addressing poor attitudes toward seatbelt wearing.

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