People in their teens and 20s are worst at wearing seatbelts when travelling as passengers in the back seat of cars in the North, it was revealed today.
A quarter of those aged between 14 and 29 don’t put on as seatbelt in the back of a car, according to the results of a major survey commissioned by the Department of Environment in the UK.
However the 75% seatbelt wearing rate was the highest recorded for the age-group since the series of studies began in 1994 and was a full 7% up on a year earlier.
The details were released on the day of the funerals of the second two of the four youngsters who died in a horror crash in Co Fermanagh when the car they were crammed into the rear of crashed into a tree.
The study also discovered that 15% of the 5-13 age group still travelled unrestrained in the back of cars.
The highest level of restraint was of babies and children under four – 96%.
Overall, the study reported an increase in belting-up by both front and back seat passengers, with the rate for drivers remaining the same.
It recorded that 93% of drivers and front seat passengers were wearing a seatbelt, the passenger figure up 1% on the previous year.
In the back of cars the overall figure for belting-up was 85% – up 4% on the year.
The influence of a driver not wearing a seatbelt was considerable. In those vehicles where the driver was unrestrained front seat wearing rate dropped to 58% and rear seat passengers to 57%, said the DoE.
Overall females were slightly better at wearing a belt than males – 95% against 92%.