Prince Philip was spoken to by police in January after being photographed driving without a seat belt
. Introducing three points for not wearing a seat belt
- which is already the case in Northern Ireland - could see some offenders losing their licence.
Members of a family fastening seat belts
in their car.
> All passengers in a car are required to wear seat belts
including those sitting in the rear seat, failing which the driver of the vehicle will be fined Dh400 and slapped with four black points
Children in a car, who are not fastened with a seat belt
or who are not placed in an appropriately sized and correctly fitted child seat, may be seriously injured or even die in a car accident.
The buses used must have seat belts
and no child is allowed on the front passenger seat.
"But, unbelievably, there are still some people who do not use a seat belt
. My message to them is simple: a seat belt
could save your life and not wearing one is just not worth the risk."
It is estimated that only 25 percent of passengers wear seat belts
, as per a Maruti Suzuki survey carried out recently.
Shockingly, 32 per cent of people who don't wear seatbelts said weak law enforcement 'encourages' them to 'drive free', 27 per cent of them said it impacts their image and a significant of 25 per cent said seat belts
ruin their clothes.
Fastening a seat belt
takes only a second or two and costs you nothing.
This "common-sense safety legislation acts on what Texans already know to be true: that seat belts
save lives," Tori Sommerman, deputy director of the advocacy organization Texas Watch, said in an email.
Among those who died, 48% were unrestrained by a seat belt
(or an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat for younger children) at the time of the crash, whereas only 14% of 38,152 passenger vehicle occupants who survived a crash where at least one person died were unrestrained (1).