Seatbelt Use Among Military Personnel During Operational Deployment

This article reports on a study of the wearing of seatbelts among British Forces personnel (n = 237) who are deployed in Iraq, focusing on the various factors that prevent their use. The study questionnaire posed questions about the wearing of seatbelts as a driver, commander, a front passenger, or a rear passenger, and the reasons for not wearing them (when that was the case). The questionnaire also asked about the military's seatbelt regulations, the breaking of speed limits, and what the personnel perceived as driving hazards. Results showed that a total of 78% of respondents knew the seatbelt regulations (i.e., to wear seatbelts always). Respondents perceived the biggest threats to driving to be bad roads, speeding, security dangers, and Iraqi drivers. Seatbelt usage by drivers was 52% always, 25% sometimes, and 22% never. This was similar to usage by front seat passengers. The primary reasons noted for not wearing seatbelts was the potential need to exit the vehicle quickly and the inhibition of weapon use while wearing a seatbelt. The authors conclude that more effective education is needed and should emphasize the importance of seatbelt usage even in hostile areas such as Iraq.

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    • Okpala, Nnaemeka
    • Ward, Nicholas J
    • Bhullar, Anthony
  • Publication Date: 2007-12


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  • Accession Number: 01103530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2008 7:12AM