A complete of 16,397 persons ended up killed in street mishaps in 2021 due to not wearing a seat belt, of which 8,438 had been motorists and the remaining 7,959 ended up passengers, in accordance to a report by the Ministry of Street Transport and Highways (MoRTH). The report titled ‘Road mishaps in India — 2021’, even further explained throughout 2021, a overall of 46,593 individuals ended up killed in highway accidents due to not wearing helmets, of which 32,877 were being drivers and 13,716 were being travellers.

A total of 4,12,432 road accidents transpired in 2021 which claimed 1,53,972 lives although 3,84,448 people were being hurt. In accordance to the report, not putting on helmet caused accidents to 93,763 individuals and not putting on a seat belt induced injuries to 39,231 folks in 2021. Not utilizing security devices such as helmet and seat belt does not result in mishaps but are vital for averting fatal and grievous accidents in the function of street incidents. A helmet is necessary for all motorists on two-wheelers, barring a number of exemptions.

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was killed in a highway accident on September 4 following his car hit a divider in Maharashtra’s Palghar district. It appears that Mistry, who along with his close friend Jahangir Pandole were being seated in the rear, was not sporting a seat belt and will have to have been thrown in front at great velocity at the time the speeding auto crashed into the divider. Each Mistry and Pandole died in the accident.

While not sporting a seat belt by passengers sitting down in the rear seats attracts a fine of Rs 1,000 underneath Rule 138 (3) of the Central Motor Car Regulations (CMVR), most folks are possibly unaware of this necessary rule or just disregard it.