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More seatbelt action needed to save lives

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 

Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force. 

Well over 60,000 lives have been saved by seatbelts since 31st January 1983, when RoSPA’s then-President, Lord Nugent of Guildford, won the day for compulsory wearing in the front seat of cars by introducing an amendment to the Transport Bill in the House of Lords. A law making it compulsory to wear seatbelts in the back of cars was introduced in 1991. 

There is evidence to show that seatbelt use in Great Britain remains high, with 95% of car drivers and front seat passengers complying with the law. But RoSPA is concerned that seatbelt use is lower in the rear of cars (89%) and in the front seat of other vehicles (69%). 

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said:

“We must not become complacent over seatbelt wearing; seatbelts are highly effective in protecting vehicle occupants and significantly reduce the risk of being fatally or seriously injured in a crash.”  

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