Posted on June 07, 2017

Students at Gulf English School (GES) clicked photographs of themselves in their cars wearing seatbelts, as part of the recently held school-wide competition on seatbelt safety. The team comprising members of the Secondary School Student Council organised this competition to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seatbelt when in a car.

They shared information about the competition in assemblies across the whole school and spoke with eloquence and confidence while addressing both their peers and younger members of the school community. While several students took part in the competition, only those posing with class or form when wearing seatbelts received a special prize.

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According to statistics, drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate. There is also evidence that people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys - this puts them at serious risk of injury in a crash. Members of the student council also raised awareness about the fact that In Qatar it is illegal to not wear seatbelts. Further, children below 10 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat. If overruled, these are punishable by imprisonment from one month to three years or subject to fines of between 10,000 QR to 50,000 QR or both. GES firmly believes that efforts like these will go a long way to instill discipline and help teens take informed decisions while on the road.