Motorists advised to 'belt up' over St. Patrick's weekend
ONE-in-six vehicle occupants killed in road collisions last year was not wearing a seatbelt, figures show.
Of the 127 driver and passenger fatalities in 2013, some 21 were not strapped in properly.
Gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) released the figures as they appealed to motorists to take extra care over St Patrick’s weekend.
A nationwide road safety campaign will see a strong garda presence across the country over the next four days.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said: "A lot of progress has been made over the last decade, with seatbelt wearing rates for drivers increasing from 72pc in 2002 to 93pc in 2012.
“But too many people are still putting themselves at risk, and the safety of others, by not buckling up in the car.
“The Government's road safety strategy has set a target for full compliance on seatbelt wearing by 2020, but there is every reason to meet that target sooner.”
The RSA’s Michael Rowland added: "Two out of every three people will survive a crash if they are wearing a seatbelt. Yet despite this, every year lives are lost on our roads which could have been prevented by buckling up.”