According to the latest figures published by the European Transport Safety Council Ranking of Progress on car occupant safety, 900 people could have survived an accident in Europe had they been wearing a seatbelt. This means that in Spain, more than 100 people would not have died if they had been wearing a seatbelt. The data from 2014 is very clear: on highways, 23% (171), of those driving cars or vans that were killed, were not wearing a seatbelt and on urban roads 23 of the 76 people killed were also not wearing one. When referring to those hospitalized, from accidents on highways, 9% were not wearing one and on urban roads it was 17%.
The use of child restraining systems, used in private cars to taking children to school, was monitored during the first week of the new school year 2015-2016. Last year, of the 14 children under 12 years of age killed, two of them were not using a CRS.
Should a vehicle be stopped by a police officer for not using a CRS, not only can the driver be fined but the vehicle can be immobilized? As a reminder, from the 1st October any child under 135cm must use an approved child restraining system suitable for their height and weight and they must use the rear seats except:
- When the vehicle has no rear seats
- When the rear seats are occupied by children of a similar age and size
- When a restraining system cannot be installed on the rear seats
With regard to seatbelts, the reasons for using one are many but the most important factor is that they save lives.
- A 80 km/h a head-on collision without a seatbelt can result in death or very serious injury.
- They can reduce by 50% certain injuries to both the driver and the passenger of a vehicle involved in an accident.
- Stops you from being thrown forward and hitting the windscreen.
- Adds to the efficiency of the airbags, which is designed to work in conjunction with the seatbelt.
- In a head-on crash, the impact of the rear passengers smashing into those in the front seats by be multiplied by eight.
- Can make it five times less likely for someone to be killed or seriously injured in an urban accident if it is worn.
Our road safety colleagues have published an info graph, which explains in simple terms the reasons for wearing a seatbelt. It can be downloaded using the following link.