Legislation coming to hold drivers responsible for backseat passengers not wearing seatbelts
Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kenute Hare, is warning drivers to get in the habit of ensuring backseat passengers wear their seatbelts as they will soon be held legally responsible for passengers who are not buckled in.
Hare says the provision will come into force with the enactment of the amended Road Traffic Act.
Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Hare said many Jamaicans are now in the habit of using seatbelts when they are seating in the front seats of a vehicle.
PHOTO: Kenute Hare
However, he says it’s not the case for people sitting on the backseat.
Hare says in the event of an accident, those in the back can cause serious injury to those in the front.
Hare says drivers must insist all their passengers wear seatbelts as they will soon be held responsible for those not wearing the safety devices.