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Our Law Adviser and his co-passengers were lucky to escape serious injury, when the vehicle they were riding in CHT on 27 June 2008, met with an accident. I hope he and his fellow passengers were wearing seat belts properly. This practice is compulsory in most countries of the world. Failing to do so is subject to heavy fine. There is no shadow of doubt that the practice saves lives. Next time our Law Adviser or any car/SUV riders ride a vehicle, he/she must wear the assigned belt properly.

For some strange psychological (macho?) reasons, most Bangladeshis neglect to wear the assigned seat belts, which is provided by the car manufacturers free of cost, under an international law.

Would our Law Adviser consider promulgating an Ordinance in Bangladesh to make it an offence, with the imposition of fines, not to wear a seat belt, when riding a vehicle, even if he/she happens to be a back seat passenger?

If anyone needs to be convinced of the importance of wearing a seat belt, just visit the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre at Savar or failing that, go and visit Suhrawardy Orthopedic Hospital in Dhaka. The painful and long-lasting rehabilitation of automobile accident victims will leave them fully convinced of its importance.

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