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Compliance with Use of Seat Belt among Commercial Drivers in a Nigerian Community

Oluwole C. Omolase, Olusegun T. Afolabi, Bukola O. Omolase, Chidi O. Ihemedu.

Abstract
AIM: This study aimed at determining compliance with use of seat belt among commercial intercity drivers.
METHOD: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in Owo, South West Nigeria among commercial intercity drivers between June and September, 2009. Ethical clearance was obtained from the Ethical Review Committee of Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria prior to commencement of this study. The permission of the leadership of Road Transport Workers’ Union was also sought and obtained. Ninety intercity commercial drivers out of the estimated one hundred and sixty intercity commercial drivers in the community were enrolled in this study. Informed consent was obtained from each of the respondents. The data obtained was collated and analyzed with SPSS 15.0.1 statistical soft ware version.
RESULTS: Ninety respondents were enrolled in this study. The driving experience of the respondents revealed that most respondents: 53 (58.9%) had more than 20 years driving experience. Most respondents;78 (86.7%) complied with use of seat belt .The main barrier to compliance with seat belt was short trip;28 (50.9%).Most respondents; 67 (74.4%)were in support of penalization of defaulters. The major source of awareness about seat belt was Federal Road Safety Corps;59 (65.6%).
CONCLUSION: Most respondents complied with use of seat belt. The major barrier to compliance with seat belt was short trip within the community. The Federal Road Safety Corps should enforce compliance with the use of seat belt most especially within communities.

Key words: Commercial drivers, Seat belt, Compliance, RTA, Nigeria.



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