The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are urging drivers and passengers to always wear a seat belt on every journey.
The call comes as an analysis, by the RSA, of provisional garda statistics from 2021, shows that 27% of drivers and passengers killed in road traffic collisions, were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Analysis of provisional collision data from 2017 to 2020 shows that 10%* of vehicle occupants seriously were not wearing a seat belt.
Separately, results of new attitudinal research of drivers’ attitudes and behaviour* released today by the RSA, found that while 96% of motorists say they always use a seat belt as a driver, this figure drops to 83% when people are travelling in the back seat of a car.
Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD: “If you are over 17, you are legally responsible for wearing your seat belt in a vehicle. While a seat belt won’t prevent a crash, it could save your life if you are involved in a collision. This should be reason enough to wear one. No matter how long or short your journey, always wear a seat belt because as we have heard all too often from survivors of collisions – all it takes is a split second for a crash to happen.”