Helmet Use Among Motorcyclists: Observational Study in the City of Mar del Plata, Argentina

This article reports on a study of the use of motorcycle helmets in an area where helmet use is mandatory by law, but not enforced, so compliance is low. The study included 451 motorcyclists in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. The study took place in April and May 2006 and considered the city divided into three sections: central, macro, and peripheral. The authors included the variables of gender, type of motorcycle, weather conditions, time of day, city area, and type of road where the motorcyclist was traveling. Results showed a usage prevalence of 40%. Higher rates of helmet use were seen among women, and under unfavorable weather conditions, lower rates were found in the city outskirts, and variable use was seen according to the type of motorcycle. It was also found that 11% of the rider had their helmets at the time of the observation but were not wearing them. The authors' discussion notes that helmets seem to be worn more for weather protection than safety reasons. They also briefly discuss the lack of more general road safety policies and consider how the lack of helmet use fits into the general safety milieu of this country. They call for greater efforts to enforce regulations and promote helmet use among motorcyclists.

  • Authors:
    • Ledesma, Ruben Daniel
    • Peltzer, Raquel Ines
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 143-145
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01103575
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2008 5:42AM