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Vol 127 No 3746

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MAURICE A. SMITH,,DFC PETER OARNIEN LEOT{ABD AYTOT{ STUART SLADON INNES IRELAIIO GEOFFREY HOWAED,

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JO}IN DAVEY GRAHAM ROB6ON, *tA(Omn) MARTIN LEWIS MICHAEL SCARLETT WARREN ALLPORT

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HOWABD VYSE JOHN HAWKINS

HAROLO HOLT. AMIML AMAET

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RONALO BARKER ROGEB HUNTINGTON, ASAE I Dcttou EOIN YOUNG {Sport}

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURES

STEADILY and surely, evidence builds up of the life-saving capabilities of seat-belts in accidents occurring at speeds up to around 70 mph. ln the issue of 9 November, Autocar quoted figures from an extended and extensive year-long accident investigation conducted by Volvo in Sweden. Some of these bear repetition-in particular, at speeds up to 60 mph, not one single driver or front-seat passenger who was wearing a seat-belt was killed in any'of the 28,780 accidents investigated.

Furthermore, disregarding the speed factor altogether, only two of the 24 per cent of drivers wearing seat-belts were killed in this considerable number of accidents; of the 76 per cent of drivers not wearing belts, 37 died as the result of the accidents. Just one belted front-seat passenger lost his life; but 12 died who were not wearing belts.

Far too many motorists are still apathetic about fitting seat belts-let alone wearing them at all times. They do cost money. although this week's Product Spotlight on later pages shows that the cost is not excessive; and, in any case. who would count the cost if it meant saving a life, or preventing serious injury? These Swedish statistics must cause readers to think about their personal safetyand, indeed, should give cause to the Minister of Transport to think again.

No new car may now be bought in this country without front-seat belts. The White Paper on Road Safety in July stated that the rule will be extended to cover 1 965 and 1966 models, and the MoT expect to make this effective in two stages next year-in the middle, and towards the end. But why wait till then?

Unfortunately, it is impracticable to compef the fitting of seat-belts to most of the older cars, since the cost of providing strong attachment points could exceed the value of the car-though belts could be even more necessary on such cars because of their less effective brakes, controls, and even tyres. However, if the Minister of Transport. in extending indefinitely the 70 mph limit, has in mind the significant relationship between vehicle speeds and the effectiveness of seat-belts, she should enforce their fitting on all cars which-through the compulsion of previous regulations-already have approved attachment points.