Six monthly review of compulsory helmet wearing in Queensland

A six monthly review of compulsory helmet wearing in Queensland, together with an evaluation of comparable programs in New South Wales and Victoria, was conducted in 1991. Queensland wearing rates increased after compulsory wearing was introduced on 1 July 1991, but they are still below rates for other eastern states, and may not be maintained unless further intervention is implemented. Reasons and attitudes for non-wearing and wearing rates for types of cyclists are analysed. Surveys were conducted in before and after periods. Public awareness and parental opinions towards compulsory wearing issues were canvassed. Though educational campaigns have been effective, there has been limited translation to actual wearing. To achieve a target rate of 90%, it is recommended that a penalty for non-wearing (comparable to those enforced in other states) be introduced. Evidence suggests that there is strong public approval for a penalty system as a means of increasing wearing rates. In conclusion, an integrated approach is supported to achieve the aims of sustained high levels of bicycle helmet wearing.


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  • Pagination: 23p + appendices

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  • Accession Number: 01434259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0724260005
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RUB92-001
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 6:10PM