Reference is made to the delay in the introduction of seat-belt legislation in Britain, the knowledge that the observance of such a law would lead to a dramatic reduction in deaths and serious injuries in those wearing seat-belts, and the demand for exemptions for certain categories of people on medical grounds. The medical reasons for exemptions are discussed by reference to road accident traffic victims received at a particular hospital, and categories of medical conditions sometimes claimed to constitute ground for exemption. The case of disabled drivers is considered. General observations and suggestions indicate that the general consensus of informed medical opinion indicates that there are no medical conditions that would be seriously aggravated by wearing a seat belt. It is considered that any conditions that could be cited would undoubtedly indicate not only unfitness to wear a seat belt but unfitness to drive. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Christian, M S
  • Publication Date: 1979-5-26

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6175
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
    • Serial URL: http://www.bmj.com/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM