On 31st January 1983 it became compulsory for drivers to wear their seatbelt. This one piece of legislation has saved thousands of lives over the years and the majority of people now buckle up without even thinking about it.
The introduction of seatbelt legislation on 31st January 1983 was not welcomed at the time by all drivers, but hindsight shows that it has been pivotal in saving thousands of lives, and reducing the seriousness of injuries sustained in car accidents over the last 30 years.
Two pieces of information released by Transport Statistics Great Britain demonstrate that the introduction of seatbelt legislation has had a huge effect on the number of casualties following road traffic accidents:
- The number of licensed motor vehicles in Great Britain has increased from about 4 million in 1950 to over 34 million in 2010.
- In 2010, the number of reported road casualties of all severities was 39 per cent lower than in 1990, although traffic has grown by 20 per cent over the same period.
A spokesperson from leading auto accident claim company, Accident Advice Helpline, said,
“In the majority of RTA compensation claims that we deal with, whether the driver and passengers have worn seatbelts or not, isn’t normally an issue. Most people seem to put on their seatbelt when they get in the car without even thinking about it – it has now become second nature to wear a seatbelt.”
The government continues to support the ‘Think!’ campaign which provides valuable road safety advice in the UK, and to mark the 30th anniversary of seatbelt legislation, they have made several hard-hitting historic adverts available to view on their website.
Accident Advice Helpline offers personal injury claim advice to innocent accident victims, many of whom go on to make successful claims against a third party. Claims are processed on a no win, no fee* basis and their personal injury claim advice helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.