Compliance with Seat Belt Use in Benin City, Nigeria

This article reports on a study undertaken to evaluate the level of seatbelt use in motor vehicles in Benin City, Nigeria, a country with mandatory seat belt laws in place. The authors conducted a five-day, observational study in strategic locations in Benin City which noted the compliance rates of drivers, front seat passengers, and rear seat passengers in the various categories of vehicles. A total of 369 vehicles were observed, including 172 private cars, 64 taxis, 114 buses, 15 trucks, and four other vehicles. The seat belt compliance rate for drivers was found to be 52.3%, front seat passengers 18.4%, and rear seat passengers 6.1%. Drivers of all categories of vehicles were more likely to use the seat belt compared to front or rear seat passengers. Drivers of private cars were more likely to use seat belts compared to taxi drivers and bus drivers. The authors conclude that compliance with seat belt use in Benin City is low. They recommend legislation, educational campaigns, and enforcement of seat belt use to address this lack of compliance.

  • Availability:
  • Authors:
    • Iribhogbe, Pius Ehiawaguan
    • Osime, Clement Odigie
  • Publication Date: 2008-1


  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01108919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2008 7:59PM