Amongst all the conceivable measures for reducing the risk of injury to the occupants of cars involved in accidents, the seat belt is easily the most effective. In spite of this a large number of drivers and passengers reject the use of a belt. The reasons for this lie partly in mistaken ideas about the physical elements of a road accident, but they are partly also purely emotional. The article dismisses the physical and technical objections to the use of safety belts and discusses the purely emotional aversion. The occasionally heard objection that the fitted belt can itself lead to injury during an accident is critically examined. The author comes to the conclusion that the use of a safety belt is a lottery, in which for every hundred winning tickets there is, at most, only one blank. Nevertheless it appears that a real increase in the numbers wearing seat belts in the Federal Republic will be achieved only by the threat of a fine. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tetzlaff Verlag GmbH

    Havelstrosse 9, Postfach 4006
    D-6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Weihmann, G
  • Publication Date: 1980


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00331375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM