It should be a natural, innate practice to get into a car and put on seat belts before leaving. But the data, once again, put the hopes on Italian motorists on the table. The most recent study relating to road safety is about still too high a percentage of people who do not use the belt: even the 30%.
The statistics were collected from the study “User Driving Styles Observatory», Commissioned by Anas and conducted by« Studio Righetti and Monte Ingegneri e Architetti Associati »with the contribution of the research unit in traffic psychology of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. According to reports from the newspaper La Stampa, which viewed the data, “one in three motorists still do not use seat belts and even one in two does not use the protective devices provided for children, thus putting the lives of children and grandchildren at risk. Even one out of three passengers traveling in the front does not use seat belts, as does 8 out of 10 of those in the rear seats.“.
The study is based on a sample of 6000 motorists, ‘taken’ from three different types of roads and motorways managed in Anas, from the A90, Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare to the Malpensa state road 336, up to the SS700 of the Royal Palace of Caserta. To be precise, 28.38% of drivers do not fasten their seat belts; 31.87% of front passengers; 80.12% of rear passengers.
The data confirm previous studies. In October 2020, an ETSC study, taken up by Unasca, determined that only 74% of those sitting in the front and 15% of those in the back use a seat belt in the car. Based on data collected at European level, it was found that seat belt use rates in front seats were highest in Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Estonia, with 98% of passengers fastening their seat belts during the movements. The rates of use of seat belts on the front seats instead stopped at 62% in Italy. The disparities between countries were even greater when it comes to wearing seat belts in the rear seats: from 98% in Germany and the Czech Republic to just 1% in Croatia. For Italy the figure was 15%.
In December 2019, however, a study by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità showed that motorists in the north were not sufficiently diligent, with 82.6% wearing seat belts. But the disappointing figure (because it should be close to one hundred percent) was still better than the very disappointing 67% in the center and the embarrassing 36.3% in the south.
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