Prevalence of Helmet Use Among Motorcycle Riders in Vietnam

This study investigates the rate of helmet use among motorcycle drivers in Hai Duong province of Vietnam during winter/spring 2005, and compares the rates of helmet use by road types. A total of 16,560 motorcyclists were observed across 37 road sites (incorporating 5 road categories). The overall weighted average of helmet use for motorcyclists was 29.94%, with male drivers more likely to wear helmets than female drivers. Male pillion passengers were less likely to wear helmets than female pillion passengers. The number of adult drivers using helmets is larger as compared with that of young drivers. The rates of helmet use were significantly higher on roads where helmet use is compulsory, and were 59.01% for national roads, 39.97% for provincial roads, 24.22% for district roads, 12.7% for commune roads and 9.54% for inner-city roads. These findings indicate that helmet legislation has increased the rate of helmet use by motorcycle drivers on compulsory roads. Otherwise, the rate of helmet use is very low, suggesting that motorcyclists in Vietnam will not wear a helmet in the absence of legislation and enforcement.

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    • Hung, D V
    • Stevenson, M R
    • Ivers, R Q
  • Publication Date: 2006-12


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  • Accession Number: 01042311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2007 9:38PM