Federal Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said that effective 1st June 2008 it is mandatory for all back seats passengers to use seat belts. According to a survey conducted, a road transport official added ”It’s been demonstrated when people don’t wear seat belts, there are more fatalities. So if more people wear seat belts, the roads will be safer.” The question of course would be ”Do you think that people should wear seat belts at the back? What about the third person at the back,how does the seat belt look like? Shoulder belts/Lap Belts….Have your say I leave it to you.
The following Statistics shows:-
a) In all crashes, back seat lap belts are 32 percent effective in reducing fatalities when compared to unrestrained back seat occupants. The effectiveness estimate is statistically significant with confidence bounds: 23 to 40 percent
b) In all crashes, back seat lap/shoulder belts are 44 percent effective in reducing fatalities when compared to unrestrained back seat occupants. The effectiveness estimate is statistically significant with confidence bounds: 38 to 50 percent
I take a significant interests in that when I was in England I was saved by the seat belt when I crashed into a wall in Bournemouth on 24th of April 1984. The XR3 Ford car then did not have Air Bag and also my friend Mark Battistini who was at my back was pushed forward towards me and that did not help in me getting severe facial injuries. It was headline news and I still keep a cutting of the Bournemouth Echo to remind me of that accident. I’m glad to be alive and its 24 years from that episode and I see the Malaysian Government has finally realised that back seat passengers also need to secure themselves.
It’s a bold step and June 1st 2008 will be a “Good day to start” as it’s Harvest Festival celebrations for the Dayak Communities in Sarawak and Sabah. Happy Buckle Up…Have your Say…Happy Gawai