Correct use of safety belts reduces the risk of injuries and death of the crew of private cars duringtraffic accidents. The objective of the investigation was to assess the prevalence of use of safetybelts by drivers and companions in private cars in České Budějovice by direct observation. A totalof 996 cars were observed and it was found that safety belts were used by 46 % drivers and 53 %companions on the front seats. Safety belts are used more frequently on roads leading out of townthan in the centre of the town.
Key words: safety belts – injury of driver – injury of companion
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Forensic medical examiner