Seat belts compulsory for all passengers in cars

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04 Aug 2023

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The word "seat belt" is a general term regarding car safety. Some think that seat belts are just apparel used in cars and trucks, but they are more than that. Seat belts provide a lot of importance when it comes to the safety of your family and friends, and other people who share this journey with you each day.

This article will cover seatbelt rules and the importance of seat belts in cars.

What exactly is a seat belt?

A seat belt (sometimes called a safety belt) is a car safety device meant to protect the car driver or the front passenger from any dangerous movement following a collision or an abrupt halt. A seat belt lowers the possibility of severe injury or death in a vehicle accident by reducing the pressure of crucial impacts with interior hit threats, keeping occupants properly positioned for the highest airbag effectiveness, and blocking occupants from being thrown from the car in a collision or if the car rolls over due to any reason.

Why are seat belts necessary?

Here are the benefits of having seat belts:

1) Holding the occupants in place The majority of motor accidents in the nation are head-on collisions. It is a collision in which the front ends of two cars collide while going in opposing directions. This is when a seatbelt comes in handy. It keeps the occupant in their seat and keeps them from being thrown out of the car by force and striking the windshield or front panel, which can result in serious head wounds or, even worse - death.

2) Protection:
Seatbelts distribute force to the most complex areas of your anatomy, the shoulder and the hips, based on speed and contact. They are intended to touch these sections, which can withstand tremendous force during a collision. The skull and spinal cord are among the most susceptible sections of our bodies after an accident. If knocked on the head, you may have traumatic brain damage. Similarly, spinal injuries can be lethal. It can result in death or sometimes even organ failure.

3) Complimenting airbags:
Some people believe airbags may be used in place of these protection belts. They are supplemented with airbags. Your body does not remain in a posture that allows the airbag to avoid injury. Using seatbelts maximises the benefits of airbags.

Recent news regarding seatbelt rules

The Mumbai Traffic Police Force has declared that wearing proper seat belts is compulsory for passengers and drivers of cars from the 1st of November 2022. This declaration was made on 11th October, which provided vehicle owners with an extended period to install proper seat belts in their vehicles. 

The decision was made in light of the change to Section 194 (b) (1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, which dictated that anybody driving without a proper seat belt or carrying individuals not wearing seat belts should be punished.

The bottom line

Seat belts save lives. They can protect you from getting injured in a car accident. There are many different departments within the government, such as the police and other local government bodies, that make seatbelt rules and enforce them. These laws were established to protect motorists on roads and highways across India.


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