Transportation

5914 drivers booked over seatbelt in 2015

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is urging all motorists and their passengers to wear a seatbelt while travelling, as it has been proven to be the most efficient way of saving lives and preventing serious injuries in a collision.  According to a statement released by  LTA, 5,914 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) were issued to motorists driving […]

Salote Qalubau

July 13, 2016 5:22 am

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is urging all motorists and their passengers to wear a seatbelt while travelling, as it has been proven to be the most efficient way of saving lives and preventing serious injuries in a collision. 

Land Transport Authority CEO, Naisa Tuinaceva.(Newswire)
Land Transport Authority CEO, Naisa Tuinaceva.(Newswire)

According to a statement released by  LTA, 5,914 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) were issued to motorists driving a private motor vehicle for “failing to use the safety device” in 2015.

Between the period of January to May this year, 1,653 drivers have been booked for the same offence, of which 1,072 TINs were issued in the western division.

LTA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Naisa Tuinaceva said wearing seat belts prevented the entertainment of serious injuries and even death.

TUINACEVA: “Buckling up is one of the simplest preventative measures a person can take to reduce the consequences of a road accident such as serious injury and even death. It is such a basic rule that we shouldn’t even be seeing non-compliance for seat belts. We are encouraging both drivers and passengers to respect this simple road rule and belt up not only for their own safety but for others too.

“Your body will not move around and collide against the interior of your vehicle such as the steering wheel, dashboard, seat and the door should you make a sudden stop or are involved in a crash. The restraints also help the driver and passengers from knocking into each other.”

Mr Tuinaceva added that the seat belt, which is strapped to the strongest parts of your body shoulder and hip spreads the force of a collision over a significant portion of your body. Therefore there is less stress on a particular area and assists in avoiding serious injuries to the head and spinal cord that can otherwise be deadly.

TUINACEVA: “LTA regulation is quite clear on this – it is compulsory for a driver of a private motor vehicle to wear a seatbelt while driving. Also, a person who is aged eight years and over must wear a seat belt, whether they are seated beside the driver or in the rear seat. The regulation also states that children under eight years of age must be strapped properly in a child restraint. For the sake of safety, we are encouraging the traveling public to abide by the law.”

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to report drivers who fail to wear a seatbelt to LTA via free texting code 582 or email inquiries to [email protected].

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