Use and non-use of seatbelt. CitizensĀ“ opinions and impressions on seatbelts

Turvavyon kaytto ja kayttamattomyys. Kansalaisten mielipiteita ja kasityksia turvavoista

The aim of the study was to gather data on the reasons for seatbelt use and non-use and to present actions on how to increase seatbelt usage. There were 1,290 people participating in the study. There were 1,079 participants who drive a car. In the study, seatbelt use and the related experiences were assessed in connection with the risk behaviour as reported by the driving participant him/herself. Of the participants, 89 percent reported that they always use a seatbelt while travelling on the front seat; 74 percent reported that they always use a seatbelt on the backseat. Of the women, 94 percent always used a seatbelt; for men the comparative figure was 85%. Of the women, 79 percent stated that they always use a seatbelt on the backseat; of the men, 69 percent. Of those using a bus for transportation, a little less than one third used a seatbelt in the bus at all times. By far the most common reason for failure not to use a seatbelt was forgetting its use. Also the seatbelt was perceived to be uncomfortable or difficult to fasten or detach - or one simply believed that nothing bad would happen. These factors all contributed to non-use. Of those travelling in the backseat, half stated that the seatbelt is not used because it is difficult to fasten or detach. Those participants who generally seek to behave in a safe manner in traffic and take only few risks, reported more common seatbelt use than those who take more risks. The share of those drivers who stated that they never use a seatbelt was, by comparison, the biggest in the group where most risks were taken. Those 31-45 years-olds who take a lot of risks used the seatbelt in the front seat only seldom. Risk-taking also influenced the views participants expressed on seatbelts. Those who take risks the most stated that using a seatbelt makes them drive faster. They were more likely to believe that one will do fine without a seatbelt under urban area speeds and that it is safe to travel in the backseat without a seatbelt. About 94 percent of the participants knew that failure to use a seatbelt may result in a punitive fine. According to the participants, an appropriate fine for non-use would be 65 euro. At the end of the study, various methods are presented on how to increase seatbelt usage. This report may be found at


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  • Accession Number: 01146899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 978-951-560-164-3
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:27AM