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30th anniversary for seatbelt laws

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has highlighted that despite seatbelt laws being in place for thirty years, there are still issues with their use. One in five (19%) motorists claim to know someone who doesn’t use a seatbelt in the front of their car.

Latest figures show 95% of drivers and 96% of front seat passengers wear a seat belt; 89% of rear seat passengers use one. Yet every year, not wearing a seatbelt is still a contributory factor in more than 220 road traffic accident deaths and serious injuries.

A higher number of younger motorists know someone who does not wear a seatbelt compared to the older age group.

Drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seat belt wearing rates combined with the highest accident rates.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “In the past three decades seatbelts have made a fantastic contribution to road safety success in Britain helping to save thousands of lives. But the on-going message needs to be reinforced to all age groups.


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