Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
LEDESMA, Rubén Daniel and PELTZER, Raquel Inés. Helmet use among motorcyclists: observational study in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.1, pp. 143-145. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102008000100019.
The objective of the study was to assess the use of helmets in a community where helmet use is mandatory but low as there is no police enforcement. A sample comprising 451 motorcyclists in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, was studied in 2006. The following variables were studied: gender, type of motorcycle, weather conditions, time of the day, city area and type of road where motorcyclists traveled. Data were analyzed through a multiple logistic regression model. An overall 40% prevalence (95% CI: 35.5;44.5) of helmet use was found. Higher rates of helmet use were seen among women, and under unfavorable weather conditions, lower rates were found in the city outskirts, and variable use was seen according to the type of motorcycle. There is a need to improve law enforcement and to promote education of motorcyclists.
Keywords : Head protective devices [utilization]; Motorcycles; Accidents [traffic]; Accidents [prevention & control]; Argentina.