Po­lice buck­ling down on seat­belt safety in Man­dalay

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

MAN­DALAY Re­gion po­lice are in the midst of an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign aimed at get­ting driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to buckle up on the roads.

Un­til the end of the year, traf­fic po­lice will be run­ning check­points to make sure that all car oc­cu­pants are wear­ing their seat­belts.

Ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Ma­jor U Thein Oo, very few peo­ple in Man­dalay wear seat­belts. The aim of the two-month ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign is to help peo­ple de­velop the habit of wear­ing seat­belts be­fore fines are im­posed.

“Now we are ed­u­cat­ing driv­ers in the down­town area of Man­dalay. Both driv­ers and their pas­sen­gers need to wear their seat­belts. If a crash hap­pens, seat­belts stop peo­ple from be­ing thrown from the car and al­low them to be saved by airbags,” said U Thein Oo.

Po­lice Lieu­tenant Aung Zaw Win said the ini­tia­tive in­volved more time­con­sum­ing stops than usual.

“We ex­am­ine the driver’s li­cence, then we in­form them of the need to wear a seat­belt,” he said.

“Most peo­ple are not in the habit of putting on their belts. We have to teach them to do it and it will take some time for it to be­come wide­spread,” he added.

Start­ing Jan­uary 1 next year, driv­ers and pas­sen­gers not wear­ing their seat­belts will be li­able for fines of up to K30,000 un­der sec­tion 62 of the Ve­hi­cle Law.

Many of the ve­hi­cles im­ported to Myan­mar lack seat­belts. But also start­ing on Jan­uary 1, the Road Trans­port Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment will not per­mit the reg­is­tra­tion or re-reg­is­tra­tion of ve­hi­cles that do not have seat­belts, Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter U Thant Sin Maung told The Myan­mar Times ear­lier this month.

The seat­belt cam­paign is part of the ef­fort to stem ever-mount­ing road death num­bers. Ear­lier this year, the Na­tional Road Safety Coun­cil was es­tab­lished with the goal of halv­ing last year’s fig­ure of 3731 traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties by 2020.

So far, no de­crease in road deaths has been recorded, with nearly 3500 peo­ple re­ported to have died on the coun­try’s roads from the be­gin­ning of the year to Septem­ber 30. So far this year there has been an av­er­age of 43.85 ac­ci­dents and 12.75 road deaths per day.

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

A po­lice of­fi­cer con­ducts a seat­belt safety check.

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