Belting up is still important
DRINK-DRIVING has always been seen by society as among the worst of motoring crimes – putting innocent people at risk by turning vehicles into a potential killing machine.
Driving whilst using a mobile phone has been added to that list – as the consequences of people taking their eyes off the road even for a moment have become all too apparent.
But for decades before such things hit the headlines, safety messages were focused largely on one factor – belting up!
Sadly, the message put out by Jimmy Savile to clunk click every trip will be more remembered from now on for other reasons than for the safety message itself.
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With news today that there has been a steep rise in the number of motorists not wearing seat belts in North East Lincolnshire, we wonder why so many are ignoring this age-old message.
Belting up should be a habit that doesn't even need thinking about.
Who would be stupid enough to ignore the images of crash test dummies flying through windscreens on impact – images that have turned into reality on our roads.
But for more than 500 people who are caught locally each year, it seems they know better than the experts.
Or perhaps they are relying on the improved safety aspects of modern vehicles, such as airbags.
Motorists have between a 40 and 60 per cent chance of surviving a crash if they wear seat belts.
Is it really worth taking the risk?