Aim: Traffic accidents are an important social problem in Turkey, as well as around the world. Thousands of people are harmed as a result of traffic accidents every year. Seatbelts are one of the most important lifesaving safety measures in traffic accidents. In this study, susceptibility of our faculty members about seatbelt usage is investigated.
Material and Method: The study was performed from February 1-28, 2016. It was conducted with the approval of the faculty dean’s office. The study was done by face-to-face survey method. Seatbelt usage was investigated by observations at the faculty and staff parking lot entry. Participant’s personal information was obtained from themselves. Participant’s names, seatbelt usage, gender, age, marital status, department, educational status and profession parameters recorded to created form. Gathered data from the forms analyzed with SPSS 17 statistics software. Descriptive statistics are conferred with frequency and % age. Chi-squared and Fisher tests are utilized appropriately to determine whether there are differences between groups. p<0.05 value accepted as statistically significant.
Results: 67% of our faculty members were using seatbelt. Statistically significant (p<0.05) differences were found according to gender, educational status and driving license year.
Conclusion: Seatbelt usage rate increases as education and socio-cultural level rises.