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More than 90% risk their safety by not using rear seat-belts: Study

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A new research has brought attention to the startling number of Indians compromising their by not using rear-seat belts.

Released today by Nitin Gadkari, for Road & Highways, the study by NissanIndia and found that over 90 percent respondents reported not using a rear seat-belt, thereby risking their

This was further confirmed through an observational survey - conducted at strategic locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Kolkata, and - revealing that 98 percent respondents were in fact not using their rear- Usage of rear seat-belts is very low despite over 70 percent of people affirming to the presence of rear seat-belts.

The study also focused on the of children during commute and revealed that two thirds of respondents believed that Indian roads are unsafe for children. The report also revealed that despite 92.8 percent respondents reported being aware of the safety benefits of child helmets, only 20.1 percent respondents owned a child helmet. This becomes especially relevant in light of the latest data released by Ministry of Road and Highways (MoRTH), according to which 9,408 children lost their lives to road crashes in year 2017 alone. This translates to nearly 26 child deaths on Indian roads every day.

With its findings, the report also builds a strong case for a comprehensive national Road Safety law, or the passage of Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill to bridge the policy-implementation gap and build a robust enforcement mechanism for better compliance.

The need for both, better policy awareness and implementation, is evident in the report's findings; only 27.7 percent of respondents were aware that rear seat-usage is already mandated under the current law in Further, 91.4 percent of respondents felt the need for a strong in

Speaking at the launch of the report, said, "As continues on its trajectory of rapid infrastructure growth, the role of road safety acquires immense importance. Through a combination of policy and awareness creation measures, the government has given road safety the critical importance it deserves. I would like to laud this initiative, and the willingness of corporate India and to work together to make road safety a people's movement."

While talking about the importance of the report, Thomas Kuehl, President, Nissan India Operations, said, "While there have been various initiatives undertaken to raise awareness around road safety in India, the importance of wearing rear seat belts has been completely neglected.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:25 IST
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