An analysis of road fatality statisticshas revealed thatalmost 1 in 5 vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision, meaning that as many as 21 lives could potentially have been saved if they had been wearing their seatbelt.
Speaking last week on the issue, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Leo Varadkar TD said: “A lot of progress has been made over the last decade, with seatbelt wearing rates for drivers increasing from 72% in 2002 to 93% in 2012. But too many people are still putting themselves at risk, and the safety of others, by not buckling up in the car. The Government’s Road Safety Strategy has set a target for full compliance on seatbelt wearing by 2020, but there is every reason to meet that target sooner. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you, and everyone in your car stays safe if you crash. So buckle up this weekend, and make sure everyone else in your car does the same.”
Mr Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety Research and Driver Education said, “Two out of every three people will survive a crash if they are wearing a seatbelt. Yet despite this, every year lives are lost on our roads which could have been prevented by buckling up. Not wearing a seatbelt was a contributory factor in almost 1 in 5 fatalities and 1 in 10 serious injuries on our roads between 1997 and 2011. And many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the driver or passenger was wearing their seatbelt.”