The proposal by the Ministry of Transport to make it mandatory for passengers to wear rear seat belt in all passenger cars is a good move. How many of us would have driven around without fastening the seat belt had the law not imposed a penalty against drivers and front passengers flouting it? We will never know how many lives were saved by the front seat belts but we know for sure that many lives would have been lost in accidents had it not been for those seat belts.
Rear passengers need to be protected too. It is time we ensure that everyone in the car belts up, including rear passengers. Most cars on the road are now fitted with rear seat belts. These devices are put there with a purpose. Spending 2 seconds wearing the seat belts can save us from potential injury and death. It is already there. Use it! Why take the risk? Think safety first.