The previous article of our road safety series had thrown light on the thought-provoking reasons as to why Indians hesitate from wearing seat belts in India. In the said story, the statistics and data were all about the driver and co-driver. In this story, we shall be taking a look at why the rear passengers in a car are even more ignorant when it comes to buckling up. According to the Center for Auto Safety in Washington DC, over 1,000 people are killed every year in the United States alone for not wearing a seat belt when they are sitting in the rear seats. The study claims that proper buckling up of rear passengers can prevent the accidents from taking place by 44 percent. It can be widely seen in India that people sitting in the rear seat care the least when it comes to buckling up. What is the reason behind this attitude and are human lives not that important in the rear when compared to the front seats? This analysis will help you see the mindset of people who do not prefer to wear the safety belt. If you are one of them, we believe that you need to revise your thought process.
The findings of the survey commissioned by Maruti Suzuki in association with Kantar Group revealed some weird results. The survey took place in 17 Indian cities and it was found that as much as 45 percent Indians do not wear a seatbelt in the rear seat due to the weak law enforcement. The fact that the rear occupants of a car not wearing a seat belt do not have to face any legal offense is something that has made the scenario even worse. The number two spot of people not wearing a seat belt on rear seats are such individuals who believe that wearing a seat belt will hamper their image for the bad. People do not realise the fact that in case of a crash, the rear occupants can get thrown towards the front and may also end up getting ejected out of the car through the front windscreen or the side windows, eventually leading to a possible death. Out of the total number of people choosing not to wear a seat belt, 34 percent are under this myth that seat belts are good for nothing and it is indeed one of the stupidest excuses you might have heard till date.
Now, here comes those occupants who believe that wearing a seat belt might ruin their clothes. 32 percent of the total population not wearing a rear seat belt prefer their ironed shirt over their life. It is really sad that wearing a seat belt that helps to protect an individual's life need to be implemented upon people with the enforcement of the law. We believe that there should be a law in India that should penalise rear passengers too, that do not wear the belt. Express Drives urges all its readers that whether they are sitting in the front seats or the rear ones in the car, buckling up is the first thing that they should ensure before starting their journey.