Title

Road safety compliance among motorcyclists in Kawempe Division, Kampala, Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-3-2019

Journal

International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion

Volume

26

Issue

3

DOI

10.1080/17457300.2019.1607395

Keywords

compliance; helmet; motorcyclists; retro-reflectors; Road safety; Uganda

Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users in Uganda and 21.7% (3912/18,016) experienced crashes in 2012. This study determined the prevalence of and factors associated with compliance to selected road safety measures (helmet use, retro-reflective jackets use, riding permit and carrying one passenger) among commercial motorcyclists in Kawempe, from April to June 2014 using interviewer administered questionnaires. Total compliance was 0.9% and 24.4% to at least 3/4 measures. Compliance by measure was; 7.6% retroreflective jackets, 28.8% riding permits, 69.4% helmet use and 86.1% carrying one passenger. The associated factors were; knowing that (training before one starts to ride prevents crashes, Adjusted-odds-ratio (AOR) = 2.38 (1.36–4.19), maintaining the motorcycle in good condition prevents crashes, AOR = 0.34 (0.15–0.77) and padding reduces impact of road traffic injury, AOR = 0.37 (0.15–0.89)). Prevalence to compliance is very low. Road safety messages should highlight the importance of all road safety measures to improve compliance.

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