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