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Table 2 Responses to selected questions on seat belt use

From: Pattern of seat belt use by drivers in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

Variable Never
(%)
Sometimes
(%)
Always
(%)
Total
(%)
Chi square P value
Driver's seat of vehicle has a seat belt           
No 12 (7.5) 19 (3.8) 2 (.7) 33 (3.4)   
Yes 147 (92.5) 478 (96.2) 301 (99.3) 926 (96.6) 15.339 < 0.001
Total 159 (100.0) 497 (100.0) 303 (100.0) 959 (100.0)   
Knowledge of seat belt law in Trinidad & Tobago           
No 15 (9.4) 12 (2.4) 10 (3.3) 37 (3.9)   
Yes 144 (90.6) 485 (97.6) 293 (96.7) 922 (96.1) 16.373 < 0.001
Total 159 (100.0) 497 (100.0) 303 (100.0) 959 (100.0)   
Awareness of penalty for seat belt non- use           
No 25 (15.7) 66 (13.3) 26 (8.6) 117 (12.2)   
Yes 134 (84.3) 431 (86.7) 277 (91.4) 842 (87.8) 6.088 .048
Total 159 (100.0) 497 (100.0) 303 (100.0) 959 (100.0)   
Respondents use of seat belts compared to other drivers           
The same 46 (39.0) 104 (26.8) 71 (28.0) 221 (29.1) 75.243 < 0.001
More than I do 39 (33.1) 78 (20.1) 10 (3.9) 127 (16.7)   
Less than I do 33 (28.0) 206 (53.1) 173 (68.1) 412 (54.2)   
Total 118 (100.0) 388 (100.0) 254 (100.0) 760 (100.0)   
Main reason for not using seat belt           
Discomfort 25 (15.7) 116 (23.3) 0   141 (21.4) 59.894 < 0.001
Forgetfulness 6 (3.8) 97 (19.5) 1 (33.3) 104 (15.8)   
Habit 27 (17.0) 74 (14.9) 0   101 (15.3)   
Frequent stops 94 (59.1) 174 (35.0) 0   268 (40.7)   
Others 7 (4.4) 36 (7.2) 2 (66.7) 45 (6.8)   
Total 159 (100.0) 497 (100.0) 3 (100.0) 659 (100.0)   
Motivators for drivers to use seat belts           
Increased mass media promotion 53 (34.0) 161 (32.8) 128 (43.8) 342 (36.4) 11.558 .021
Stiffer penalties for non-compliance 71 (45.5) 226 (46.00 121 (41.4) 418 (44.5)   
Increased traffic police patrols 32 (20.5) 104 (21.2) 43 (14.7) 179 (19.1)   
Total 156 (100.0) 491 (100.0) 292 (100.0) 939 (100.0)   
  1. • There is a reporting bias in the reports of seat belt availability and usage by the 33 drivers who do not have seat belts in their vehicles. These 33 drivers had responded that they never (12), sometimes (19) and always (2) use seat belts.