A Retrospective Study on Social Trend among Under-Age-Users Involved in Motor Vehicle Accidents in West Pahang

Mohd Zulyadaen, Mohd Firdouse and Kamudin, Nur Azree Ferdaus and Abas, Mohd Ihsanuddin and Hasni, Mohd Husyaini and Gsangaya, Muhindra Rao and Han, Chung Sing (2015) A Retrospective Study on Social Trend among Under-Age-Users Involved in Motor Vehicle Accidents in West Pahang. In: Family Medicine Scientific Conference, 13 - 16 May 2015, Hotel Primula Kuala Terengganu. (Submitted)

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INTRODUCTION: Motor-vehicle-accident in Malaysia has become a major problem. One of the factors is the practice of handling vehicle among under-age-users. In Malaysia, law-full age to have a license is at 16 years for motorcyclists and 18 years for 4-wheel-drivers (1). Handling vehicle without license especially among under-age-users are dangerous as they lack awareness regarding law and road-safety. Education on road-safety can reduce the risk of motor-vehicle-accident (2). OBJECTIVE: To determine the social trend among under-age-users that involved in motor-vehicle-accident in West Pahang. METHODS: A retrospective study looking at motor-vehicle-accidents involving under-age-users who were admitted to Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, a tertiary centre covering district of Temerloh, Jerantut, Jengka, Bera, Raub and Bentong. Convenience sample over period of 2 years involved 33 subjects below 16 years old whom involved in motor-vehicle-accidents. A questionnaire given regarding age, type of vehicle, permission from guardian, wearing or not wearing helmet, speed of the vehicle and nature of the injuries. RESULTS: Total of 33 cases were reported within age of 10-15 years old with mean age of 13.21 ± 1.21 (standard-deviation). 20 users were granted permission in handling the vehicle from their guardians. 32 cases involved motorcyclists whom 18 of them were not wearing helmet and 25 users were riding above speed limit. 24 users required surgery which majority cases involving lower limbs. CONCLUSION Majority of under-age-users involved were between 13-14 years old. Surprisingly they were granted permission by their guardians. Most of them were not wearing helmet and riding recklessly showing the unawareness of road-safety. Impact from this, most of Abstract Template 1 (Basic Science) them sustained severe injury which required surgery. Such social trend is preventable with better road-safety awareness and law enforcements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: power point poster (e-poster)
Keywords: Under-age-users, road safety, motor-vehicle-accident
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 01:36
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 01:36
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3323

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