Ireland Worried By

Seatbelt Usage Drop


seat beltA new campaign encourages drivers to urge passengers to buckle up. PHOTO: RSA.IE22 JUNE - Seatbelt usage rates decreased among drivers and front seat passengers between 2022 and 2023, recent Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) study shows.

The nationally representative research was conducted in September-October 2023 in all the 26 counties of the country.


Key findings included that seat belt wearing rates by drivers decreased by 4% (from 99%-95%) when compared to 2022. A 5% decrease was recorded for front seat passengers (from 99%-94%). While rear-seat passenger seat belt wearing rates increased overall by 2% (from 93-95%), compliance was lower (92%) for those travelling on rural roads. In addition, Irish results from the 2023 European E-survey of Road Users’ Attitudes (‘ESRA’) show concerning levels of non-seat belt wearing. The online ESRA3 survey was conducted in 39 countries in 2023, collecting data from more than 37,000 road users (901 in Ireland). One in ten (10%) reported driving without wearing a seat belt at least once in the last 30 days, as did those travelling in the
front seat. One in five (18%) reported travelling without wearing a seat belt in the back seat.

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RSA analysis of Irish collision data shows that 22% of car users killed between 2019-2023 were not wearing a seat belt. Also, 7% of car users seriously injured between 2019 and 2023 were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Last week the RSA launched an advertisingcampaign encouraging drivers to ask their passengers to wear their seatbelt. The campaign is airing until 14 July on TV, video on demand, radio, digital audio and social media.


“We are asking drivers to set an example by wearing their own seatbelt and asking passengers to put theirs on too. Wearing a seatbelt can be the difference between surviving a collision and not - they are proven life savers. They protect both those who wear them, and other people in the vehicle, as an unbelted person can impact with and seriously injure others in the event of a collision. It is alarming to see this decline in usage. It is a huge risk to not wear one, whether your journey is short or long, or requires multiple stops“, Sam Waide, CEO of the RSA commented.