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Safety Belts

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) fatalities and (b) injuries sustained in road crashes where the failure to wear a seat belt was a contributory factor. (124615)

Statistical data on failure to wear a seatbelt as a contributory factor is not collected. Research reported in the recently published “Second Review of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy” and “Road Safety Research Report No. 76: Trends in Fatal Car-occupant Accidents” both published on 26 February 2007, estimates that about a third of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. For 2005 figures, it represents about 565 people, and it is estimated that about 370 people might have survived if they had been properly restrained. A research report giving further details has also been published by TRL limited. These three reports can be downloaded from the following links:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategytargets performance/2ndreview/

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme5/76?version=2

http://www.trl.co.uk/store/report_detail.asp?srid=6160 &pid=220

Copies of the reports are also available from the Libraries of the House.