The current and the Internet are two inventions that have altered the course of human history. Simultaneously, the invention of the wheel produced marvels. What is the greatest invention in human history? fasten your seatbelt. Seat belts are simple but effective safety devices. However, some people continue to question the utility of wearing seat belts. If some of the misconceptions about seat belts are dispelled, these people will undoubtedly agree on how useful seat belts are. The State Department of Motor Vehicles has prepared a Facebook post to shed light on the situation. The following are ten key points from the post.
10 Most important things to know about seat belts
1. According to scientific studies, about 45 percent of deaths and 60 percent of serious injuries in car accidents can be avoided only by wearing seat belts.
2. In 1958, Nils Bohlin patented the three-point seat belt that is in use today for the Volvo company in Sweden and started installing it in vehicles. Before 1970, many developed countries, including the United States, made seat belts mandatory.
3. In 2002, India mandated that seat belts should be incorporated in vehicles with up to 8 seats (Central Motor Vehicle Rule 124) and made it mandatory for front-seat and rear-seat passengers sitting in the forward direction to wear seat belts (Central Motor Vehicle Rule 13).
4. Studies show that more than 70 percent of people in our country still do not wear seat belts. According to the World Health Organization, the road accident rate in the country is ahead of the neighboring countries that we consider uncivilized.
5. Only by ensuring helmets and seat belts can save the lives of 2000 people every year in Kerala alone, but still many of us think that wearing helmets and seat belts is for the government and covering our mobile phones is for us. That’s why many people say that helmets can be put on after closing the pothole on the road.
6. It is a fact that only if the seat belt (primary restraint system – PRS) and the airbag (supplementary restraint system – SRS) work together, the passengers can be saved even if they wear the seat belt at a speed above 70 kmph. Also understand that in many vehicles, the airbag that we have bought by spending more than 40000 rupees only works when the seat belt is put on.
7. A 2016 study by a major Indian automaker found that 15 deaths per day could have been avoided if seat belts had been worn.
8. Wearing of seat belts has been removed from the Petty Case in the Motor Vehicle Act Amendment 2019 and has been included in the list of other serious offenses. According to this, all passengers above the age of fourteen must wear a seat belt. If the age is less than fourteen years, the seat belt or child restraint system must be used.
9. The new Central Act has a strict provision under Section 194, B(1) to pay a fine of Rs.1000 (re-notified as Rs.500 by the State Government).
10. It is also important for safety to check the seat belt from time to time to ensure its functionality. It is also the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the driver and other passengers wear seat belts. (Clause 5 (7) of the Driving Regulations 2017).
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