In ’18, flout­ing of seat­belt law led to 24,400 deaths

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

Tamil Nadu re­ported 5,048 deaths of two-wheeler riders driv­ing with­out hel­mets. The re­cently no­ti­fied amended Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act makes it manda­tory for all twowheeler riders to wear hel­met ex­cept Sikhs. Though there is a pro­vi­sion to make hel­mets manda­tory for chil­dren above four years, the govern­ment will no­tify this pro­vi­sion later con­sid­er­ing that there are not enough num­bers of hel­mets avail­able to meet re­quire­ment.

So far, deaths caused due to non-wear­ing of seat­belt is con­cerned, nearly 24,400 such driv­ers and car oc­cu­pants died in 2018 as com­pared to 28,900 dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year. It’s manda­tory for all ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants to wear seat­belts un­der the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act. Non-com­pli­ance of the pro­vi­sion can at­tract fines up to Rs 1,000.

Sources said the num­ber of pas­sen­gers killed be­cause of not wear­ing seat­belts was higher at 15,100 last year as com­pared to 9,350 driv­ers.

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