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3260 Traffic Infringement Notices Issued So Far This Year For Passengers Not Wearing Seat Belts

It is among the highest causes of road injuries, the authority adds
19 Jun 2019 14:52
3260 Traffic Infringement Notices Issued So Far This Year For Passengers Not Wearing Seat Belts
Wear seat belt at all times.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is reminding drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt when boarding vehicles.

The reminder comes after the LTA issued 3260 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) to drivers and passengers for not wearing seat belts from January to June this year, which is of great concern.

This prompted a nationwide seat belt awareness campaign launched by the authority this month specifically raising awareness on fastening seat belts on drivers and passengers.

The authority’s chief executive officer (CEO), Samuel Simpson, is urging drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times.

“It is one of the safety provisions in cars designed to protect drivers and passengers from road collisions that can unexpectedly occur on our roads,” Mr Simpson said.

“Unfortunately, it is sad to note that so many private car drivers and passengers have been booked for not wearing seat belts.

“It is the duty of drivers to remind their passengers to fasten-up their seat belts upon boarding the vehicle as well. This is particularly important for children seated in the rear of the vehicle.”

Mr Simpson highlighted that seat belt awareness was one of the major activities for LTA this month. Officers will be on the road to visually inspect vehicles and anyone found not wearing seat belts will be given TINs for violating this important road safety rule.

As part of the awareness campaign, LTA will focus on this area of safety compliance as part of our enduring commitment to the Decade of Road Safety in Fiji launched by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Some important seat belt safety tips to remember for drivers and passengers:

  • Always buckle up before driving or riding in a car;
  • Wear the lap belt low across the hips and below your stomach;
  • Wear the shoulder belt over your collarbone, away from your neck.

Also ensure that rear seat belts are fasten-up as well with child restrain seat belts to be properly fitted for the safety of babies and children travelling on cars.

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