Recent records suggest that more motorists in the UAE are wearing seatbelts ever since the Federal Traffic Law was put into effect on July 1 last year.

Campaigners of RoadSafetyUAE stated the data said that the figures are still some way below the 100 percent mark, suggesting that further improvements are to be made.

Latest amendments that were made to the law last year included a fine of AED 400 and a penalty of four traffic points for all passengers for not putting on seat belts. The new law also calls for drivers to provide child seats for children under the age of four. Drivers who allow children under the age of ten and 145cm to sit in the front will also be subjected to a fine of AED 400 under the new law.

The figures suggest that the public exhibited a change of 3 percent who said that they always use a seatbelt up to 72 percent of the times now. The research also suggested that the front-seat passenger regularly using seatbelt rose by 2 percent to 73 percent while adults using seatbelts in the back seat rose by 16 percent to 27 percent.

“However, it must be stated that all these mentioned values must be at 100 percent, according to the new law. Some of the usage levels still are alarmingly low,” said Thomas Edelmann, founder and managing director of RoadSafetyUAE.

“There is still a long way to go, both in further educating the use of seat belts as well as strictly enforcing the use. This is especially true for the segments of ‘young’ drivers and the segment of ‘Emirati’ drivers, as these two segments show below-average values.”

He added: “International research shows, that seat belts save lives between 40-80 percent, depending on the type of impact and the age of the user. In our opinion, the use of seat belts is the single biggest opportunity to reach the objectives of the ‘UAE Vision 2021’, namely to reduce the fatalities to 3.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.”