#Staying alive for your Loved ones this valentine season.

The issue of seatbelt in the world is a trending one. In recent years, it has been discovered that virtually all drivers now make it a life and death task as they now wear it the next minute they sit before the steering wheel. Going back in retrospect, in the early 90’s, it was a neglected tool in virtually all cars, drivers had so much confidence in their driving that they do not consider it (seatbelt) when driving in high motion.

Effects of these carelessness and recklessness has resulted to loss of lives, some have been physically handicapped while some still have themselves being haunted by the misfortunes of the circumstances.

According to world wide results, it has been recorded that death tolls have reduced as the rate of seat belt use have been rising steadily. No one wishes to be a victim of confinements either to hospital beds or wheelchairs.

Back to our country Nigeria, private car owners and commercial bus drivers have become so engrossed in the Seatbelt issue. The first and trending statement you’ll hear from every commercial driver when you sit beside them in the bus is:

“Oga abeg wear that seat belt ooo, I no want Lastma wahala dis morning. Na 25,thousand dem collect for my hand yesterday on top seat belt palava..”  when you decide to wear the supposed seat belt, you’ll find out that it is either dislodged, doesn’t have a buckle or  a mere figmental show for traffic officials.

Think of blaming them? Who would not wish to drive past LASTMA or FRSC officials without being stopped for one issue or another? Believe it or not, the motor-vehicle is a leading cause of death in the world but as it is, the seatbelt is an obscure lifesaver in the world Today.  

In light of this, the Federal Road Safety Commission has enforced the use of seatbelt for rear seat passengers, this is to reduce the risk of casualties when accidents occur in any given situation, ensure and maintain safety.

According to reports made by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in 2016, no fewer than 213 deaths were recorded while 2,600 people were critically injured as a result of vehicle crashes across Nigeria.

FRSC reports hold that more than 70% of these accidents involved passengers not wearing their seatbelts in vehicles and trucks as at the time the accident took place which as a result usually leads to serious injury and sometimes death.

Hence, wearing a seatbelt is an effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a crash not only in Nigeria but in the Outside world.


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