Cape Town - The Mother City’s drivers are failing the test when it comes to buckling up behind the wheel.
As a result, they are five times more likely to die in a car accident, acording to a recent study in the South African Medical Journal.
The study, produced by the Centre for Statistical Consultation at Stellenbosch University, examined data from 107 patients involved in 55 collisions in Cape Town from June to August 2013. The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between seatbelt use and the severity of injuries sustained by patients involved in road traffic collisions.
According to the report, “dead or seriously injured patients were five times less likely to have worn a seatbelt than those with less severe injuries. None of the 11 who died had been restrained.”
The study also found the prevalence of seatbelt use in Cape Town was 25.2 percent overall, with 34.5 percent of drivers, 21.4 percent of passengers, and 8.3 percent of rear-seat passengers using seatbelts.