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Welcome for Increase in Seat Belt Wearing

5 July, 2011 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Road Safety, Cathal Boylan has welcomed research which shows an increase in seatbelt wearing from 97% in 2010 to 98% in 2011.

The Newry Armagh MLA commented following the publication of a report entitled 'The Observational NI Seat Belt Survey 2011' which also demonstrates increases in seat belt use in the 5 – 9 and 10 – 13 year old age groups.

The Sinn Féin Assembly Member said,

“This is an encouraging report which shows that the vast majority of people here are using their seatbelts. I am also heartened by the fact that following worrying statistics in previous years regarding children aged 5 to 13 that this piece of research shows a marked improvement in seat belt use among this group.

“As Road Safety spokesperson for Sinn Féin I would urge people to consider the consequences of not wearing a seat belt. Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behaviour. In fact it is estimated that 63% of people killed in accidents are not wearing seat belts.

“Wearing a seat belt therefore is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on Ireland's roadways.

“Another factor to bear in mind is that the cost of unbuckled drivers and passengers goes beyond those killed and the loss to their families. We all pay for those who don't buckle up ¬ in higher taxes, higher health care and higher insurance costs.
“It is up to each and every one of us to ensure that all drivers and passengers are buckled up on all journeys.”

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