Cape Town motorists are still reluctant to wear seatbelts, despite many sustaining serious injuries that could have been avoided had they buckled up.
A Stellenbosch University study that analysed injuries of vehicle crash victims attended to by Emergency Medical Services in the metro, has found that only 25 percent of city motorists wore seatbelts.
Researchers analysed the injuries of more than 100 motorists who were involved in serious car crashes over a three-month period and found that 75 percent were not wearing seatbelts.
Lead researcher Dr Clint Hendrikse from Stellenbosch University’s Emergency Medicine unit said the study found those who had sustained serious injuries, including broken ribs, severe head injuries and internal bleeding, were mostly people who did not wear seatbelts.
Only 23 percent of males had worn seatbelts, while seatbelt prevalence among females was at 29 percent.