Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of safety belt use and the reasons for its non use among army personnel.
Study Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out at Rawalpindi Cantonment from Jan 2013 to June 2013.
Subjects and Methods: The study was carried out among two different categories of Army Personnel i.e. officers and soldiers through a structured questionnaire.
Results: Mean age of officers and soldiers was 38 and 29 years respectively. A total of 146 (97.3%) officers and 128 (85.3%) soldiers were in favor of using seat belt while driving whereas 4 (2.7%) officers and 22 (14.7%) soldiers were against it. The study depicted that 147 (98%) officers and 133 (88.7%) soldiers had sufficient knowledge about the significance of safety belt use but the results regarding its use were not encouraging as 56 (37.3%) officers and 40 (26.7%) soldiers did not use safety belt while driving, although 146 (97.3%) officers and 128 (85.3%) soldiers were in favor of using safety belt.
Conclusion: Army personnel had sufficient knowledge about the significance of safety belt; similarly attitude towards its use was also satisfactorily positive however, a significant percentage was indeed not putting their knowledge of significance into practice. Inattention and inconvenience along with inadequate law was the main reason for not using safety seat belt.
Safety belt, Safety belt laws, Use of safety belt.