Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 9, No. 2, 2011
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/1102.90.0220

Rate of Compliance with Crash Helmets Use by Powered Two-Wheelers (PTW) in Nigeria

O. Ipingbemi’1 and A.T.Ajala2

1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of lbadan, lbadan, Nigeria.
2Department of Research and Statistics, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Abeokuta, Ogun State



Head injuries remain the main cause of deaths among users of Powered 7lvo- Wheelers (PTW). Therefore, helmet use represents the major measure for reducing the severity of head injuries. However in most developing countries especially in Nigeria, compliance to the use of crash helmets is extremely poor. Using observational surrey, the study evaluated the level of compliance of motorcycle riders to the use of crash helmets on three categories of roads ill Abeokuta, Nigeria. in addition, 250 powered two wheelers (motorcyclists) were served with 250 copies of questionnaire each using systematic sampling, Findings indicated that more than 75% of them were less than 40 years ill age and about 68% had 110 more than secondary education In terms of helmet wearing, 29%, 15% and 62 % compliance rates were recorded 011 Trunk ‘A’, collector and access mads respectively. Also, 34.2% and 27.6% identified heat and cost of the crash helmets as main reasons for poor use of crash helmets. One Way ANOVA showed a significant difference (p<0.05) in the use of crash helmets on the three categories of roads. The paper calls for effective enforcement of crash helmet law, more enlightenment programme and the need to subsidize the cost of crash helmets in order to improve the wearing rate ill the country.
Keywords: Compliance, Helmet, Injuries, Safety, Severity


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