Road accidents often bring a big question to the fore: “Are we adequately alert about safety issues while driving?” This question becomes even more important when safety of children is at stake, especially when children are on the road and run the risk of meeting with a road accident. Among various issues, ‘safety inside the car’ is completely ignored. And one such reason is non-usage/incorrect use of ‘safety belts or seat belts’.
‘Grown Up? Strap Up!’ is a safety initiative for children to follow inside a car, with an objective to encourage all children to sit on the rear seat and to encourage use of seat belts for children aged 12 years and above. The wearing of seat belts could prevent many deaths and serious injuries taking place. They play a crucial role in reducing the severity of injury to vehicle occupants involved in an accident. Seat belts save lives: the simple act of buckling a safety belt can improve an occupant’s chance of surviving a potentially fatal crash. The pilot program was conducted in two schools covering 2,000 students.