| Azaraimy HH |
SIX road casualties were recorded this year as a result of not wearing seat belts, including a three-year-old who was sitting on his mother’s lap in the front passenger seat.
In 2017, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) recorded 1,373 cases of people who failed to wear safety belts, while more than 400 drivers were issued compound fines from January to July this year for refusing to buckle up.
These statistics were revealed during the public road safety campaign held by the Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC) at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital yesterday, highlighting the dangers of not wearing seat belts while driving. Acting Director of Land Transport Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Brunei Insurance and Takaful Association (BITA) Chairman Haji Osman bin Haji Mohd Jair who is also the BNRSC Ambassador, helped to spread the message by urging all drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts, even during short drives.
The campaign also featured the use of a Seat Belt Convincer to simulate the dangers of a sudden braking, even at a speed of 20km/h.
The BNRSC also announced that similar campaigns will be held from time to time to increase public awareness on the importance of prioritising safety and adhering to road safety regulations.