OR 6: Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing in Australia: Characteristics of Wearers and Non-wearers


At least 90 per cent of passenger car occupants aged 8 years and over have a seat belt available in their seat position. Unfortunately many occupants do not wear the belts provided. The differences between wearers and non-wearers are described in terms of factors including age, sex, seating position, type of belt, time of day, day of week and weather condition. Additional data on socioeconomic status and drinking habits may be required if the “hard-core” group of non-users are to be effectively tackled.

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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Other Report
Author(s): Boughton CJ, Milne PW and Cameron MH
Topics: Seat belts
Publication Date: 22/01/80