It is compulsory for drivers and front seat passengers to wear a seat belt. But how many drivers are actually aware of the law and do they care?

Despite the law and the dangers, many drivers do not wear seat belts even on short journeys.

Statistically, you are more likely to have an accident near your home.

Motorists told RTÉ News their reasons for not wearing a seat belt..

I think that if I had an accident that I’d get out quicker without it.

I’ve got a medical complaint.

I think it’s a waste of time on a short journey.

I don’t like them. I feel very restricted with them.

Since September 1984, the maximum fine for being caught not wearing a seat belt increased to £150. New legislation means that drivers and front seat passengers are obliged to wear a seat belt at all times. The courts also have the power to disqualify a motorist from driving. However, many members of the general public appear to be unaware of the changes and the consequences of not wearing a seat belt.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 February 1985. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.