Compliance with Seat Belt Enforcement Law in Saudi Arabia

Over the past half century, the road network and number of cars in Saudi Arabia have increased, as have related accidents, injuries, and deaths. The author describes a study of car and front seat passenger seat belt use after such use became mandatory in 2000. After the law was enacted, reported seat belt use was 60% for drivers and 22.7% for front seat passengers. Several months after the law was passed, use dropped to 27.8% for drivers and 14.7% for front seat passengers. Since this was still a significant increase from 2.9% seat belt use for drivers before passage of the law, it demonstrates effectiveness of seat belt traffic safety awareness campaigns and law enforcement efforts. Self-reporting rates show that many drivers believe in the importance of seat belt use, but do not use them. Results showed that many drivers use seat belts to avoid penalties. Young single Saudi drivers are shown to have higher vulnerability to non-use of seat belts and associated risk acceptance than other drivers.


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  • Accession Number: 01049879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2007 12:58PM