Seatbelts ‘have saved 60,000 lives’

Today marks 25 years since seatbelt laws were introduced to the UK.

The Department for Transport estimates that 60,000 lives have been saved along with 670,000 serious injuries since rules were brought in during January 1983.

It adds that recent research shows that while nine in ten people believe travelling without the safety harness to be a bad idea, seven out of ten admit to not buckling up every time they sit in the back seat.

Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick commented that "government campaigns have helped increase the numbers of people wearing seatbelts".

He added that it is important that the message continues to get across.

"With up to 15 drivers and front seat passengers killed each year by the impact of an unbelted rear seat passenger it is vital that everyone – young or old, travelling in the front or back – wears a seatbelt," he said.

The first seatbelts were invented by George Cayley for aircraft towards the end of the 19th century.


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