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Safety Belts

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of car occupants killed in road deaths were in the (a) front and (b) rear seats (i) wearing and (ii) not wearing seatbelts in the most recent year for which figures are available. (232712)

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: In 2007, there were a total of 1,432 car occupant fatalities in reported personal injury road accidents. Of these, 1,256 (88 per cent.) were front seat occupants and 175 (12 per cent.) were rear seat occupants.

Research reported in the 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 (34 per cent.) of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. A further 50 per cent. of cases involved a fatality wearing a seatbelt and in 16 per cent. of cases seat belt use was either unknown/unrecorded or non applicable.

85 per cent. of fatalities not wearing a seat belt were driving or travelling in the front passenger seat; fatalities were not wearing seat belts in 58 per cent. of accidents involving a rear seat death.

The Department has just launched its latest seatbelt campaign.