Crandon, Ivor W.; Branday, Joseph M.; Simeon, Donald T.; Rhoden, Ann Marie; Thompson, Hyacinth F.; Carpenter, Reginald A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
The prevalence of seat belt use in Jamaica: An observational study
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
An observational cross-sectional survey showed that 21.1% of private motor vehicle drivers and 13.5% of front seat passengers voluntarily wore seat belts in Kingston, Jamaica, where there is no law requiring this. Rear passenger utilisation was not examined. Compared to males, females were significantly more likely to wear seat belts when driving but not as front seat passengers. Of all motor vehicles examined 10.1% were not equipped with seat belts. The oldest group of vehicles was mostly not fitted with seat belts. Drivers of older vehicles were significantly less likely to use seat belts even when the vehicles were equipped with belts. Implementation of legislation can reduce mortality, morbidity and costs from road traffic accidents which are relatively frequent in Jamaica. Male drivers, drivers of older vehicles and all passengers may require specific targeting in an educational and enforcement campaign should legislation, which is highly desirable, be implemented.....