Stop people from dying in car accidents – make seat belts for rear passengers compulsory
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Wearing seat-belt in the front seat is compulsory in India and has proven to save precious lives, but there is no such rule for rear passengers. Most people think they are safe in the rear seat during any accident. However, rear seat passengers in a vehicle who are not wearing a seat belt can become projectiles during an accident resulting in injuries. Unbuckled passengers can very easily be thrown out through the front, rear or side windows, resulting in death.
Often young children and family member sit at the back who can possibly get injured while front passengers wearing seat belts may be saved. Due to lack of law and awareness, people think it is safe to travel in the rear seat without the seat belt. This ignorance can be fatal but can be overcome by bringing new law and creating public awareness.
Mr. Gopinath Munde’s (Central Minister) death in car accident in 2014 in which his driver wearing seat belt survived, reminds us about the importance of rear-seat belts. As per WHO, wearing seat belts (front and rear) could possibly avoid an estimated 25 % of 146,000 deaths in India in 2015.
I request the Central and State Transport Ministries to pass appropriate amendments to the Motor Vehicle act by making rear seat belts compulsory thus saving precious lives.
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