From July 1, drivers and passengers caught not using their seat belts would have to pay a fine of up to RM2,000, serve up to one year’s jail or both under the Road Transport Act.

From July 1, drivers and passengers caught not using their seat belts would have to pay a fine of up to RM2,000, serve up to one year’s jail or both under the Road Transport Act.

Sarawak Road Transport Department (RTD) director Abdul Hamed Akob said the many summonses issued showed that public awareness on the usage of car seat belts in the state was still low.

He said 2,051 summonses had been issued on motorists including rear seat passengers in the first seven months of the year.

“Public awareness is still low despite the campaign which was launched six months before its implementation on Jan 1 this year.

“Sarawak is among the top three states in term of summonses issued for not wearing seat belts,” he told a press conference here Friday.

Hamed said Sarawak RTD issued 36,840 summonses with compound amounting RM3,437,300 for the first seven months of the year.

— BERNAMA