‘60% of fatalities could have been avoided if the traveller was wearing a seatbelt’.
UAE drivers and passengers are still not buckling up, according to a ‘Road Safety Monitor’ survey.
Over 1,000 residents gave their honest evaluation for the September 2018 survey by QIC Insured and RoadSafetyUAE, conducted by YouGov.
Seat belt use became compulsory last year and the government has an awareness campaign, however the following shocking stats show a large number of people have yet to fully take the law on board.
LESS than a third of passengers are not aware of the dangers of forgetting your seatbelt
A shocking 2017 Abu Dhabi Police report showed 60% of fatalities could have been avoided if the traveller was wearing a seatbelt and 70% of the people surveyed were not even aware seat belts are now compulsory.
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Awareness is crucial, but it will take some time for the importance of wearing seat belts to register with road users. When right now, 51% say they choose not to wear seat belts in the back seat because ‘I feel safe enough’ and a further 32% reckon you don’t need to wear seat belts on short trips.
Residents are reminded that ALL passengers must wear seat belts and that children on parent’s laps is not prohibited.