Safety devices are very important in our everyday life. Many accidents happen every single day and using safety restraints properly, have saved many lives. It is essential to recognize not only the importance of wearing seat belts but also the importance of the proper use of one.
According to statistics published by the Road Safety organizations here in the UAE, many fatalities on our roads were due to unbuckled vehicle occupants. Thankfully, many more lives were saved in vehicle accidents, because they were using a seat belt restraint device.
In their research, The Institute of Public Health at the UAE University in Al Ain, stated that only about 10% of vehicle occupants wear seat belts when in the car. In 2014 alone, 67,483 such violations were recorded according to UAE Traffic Police in their annual report.
These figures, more than doubled in the first half of 2015, as the number of seat belt violations went up to an astounding figure of 158,406. This data was based on the fines issued to the individuals that violated the UAE Vehicle Safety rules.
Serious automobile accidents result in a fatality or serious bodily harm. Wearing a seat belt prevents passenger ejection during a severe accident. The chances of surviving, inevitably increases by 45% when wearing a proper safety restraint device.
To reinforce this, the UAE has placed new laws which will drastically reduce road fatalities because it’s now one person, one seat belt. Seat belts save lives.
In support of the new laws in the UAE, Dial-A-Battery, initiated an edutaining program ‘Hop in and buckle-up’ supported by RTA in some of the leading schools in Dubai like Kings’ School, Regent International School and Dubai British School. The main reason behind educating kids was to ensure that the next generation is responsible and owing to the safety habits inculcated in them in their early years.
At present only those in the front seats of a vehicle are required to buckle up. However, under the new laws drivers will be fined Dhs.400 and receive four black points on their license for failing to ensure that both driver and passengers are buckled up. This will keep UAE traffic laws in line with many other developed countries where all passengers in a vehicle are required to wear seat belts. A road safety consultant at the Transport Research Authority has remarked that there is a 40 to 60 percent chance of surviving a car crash if all passengers wore seat belts.
Mr. Asad Badami, Managing Director of Dial-A-Battery, said, “Wearing a seatbelt doesn’t cost you anything, but not wearing one can cost your life.”
“As an organization operating in the automobile sector, we feel responsible towards creating awareness about road safety amongst children, drivers, parents, and people at large. As a part of the community we support the measures undertaken by the traffic department to make seatbelts compulsory for all passengers,” Asad added.
Hop in and Buckle up is a part of an ongoing initiative by Dial-A-Battery that coincides with the new laws in the UAE which makes wearing seat belts compulsory for both drivers and passengers both in the front and at the back. Moreover, RTA has been continuously keeping safety first in all their road transport activities and decisions, be it dedicated school bus laws, consistent creation of footbridges, better driver training and awareness campaigns.