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Seat belt wearing in drivers and front seat passengers
Published June 23, 1992 by International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine in Sweden
Event: 12th World Congress of the International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine and 7th Nordic Congress on Traffic Medicine (1992)
In November 1990 it became mandatory by law in Korea for front seat occupants in all motor vehicles to use safety belts. Drivers are fined for non-use both by drivers and front seat passengers.
It was aimed at analyzing seat belt wearing with special reference to difference in wearing rate between drivers and front seat passengers.
The present material comprised 3,600 vehicles; 1,800 for drivers and 1,800 for front seat passengers. The road side survey was carried out in urban traffic, on the rural highway and on the expressway.
Drivers are fond to use the belt in 82% of 1,800 cases, this number being 52% in front seat passengers. The most striking is the low wearing rate in front seat passengers in taxies and trucks.
In all of the cars and on all of the roads drivers who are responsible for a fine use seat belts more frequently than front seat passengers who are not responsible for any fine.