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To belt or not to belt
- How Patna mocks safe driving rules as police harp on citizen responsibility

Union rural development minister Gopinath Mundes death has underlined the need for rear passengers of vehicles to wear seat belts and stirred Indias health minister into calling for stronger enforcement of safety measures.

According to Union minister Harsh Vardhan, his cabinet colleague might have avoided the fatal whiplash injury to his cervical spine had he worn a seat belt when his sedan was hit by a hatchback at an intersection in New Delhi on Tuesday.

He said his ministry would soon launch an initiative to impose safe driving protocol. Perhaps, a system could be developed under which petrol and diesel sales can be denied to those who dont use seat belts and helmets (while driving two-wheelers), he said, adding that a new law in India along the lines of UK and US was necessary.

In Patna, there is glaring disregard for road safety. The Telegraph tries to find out why there are so few conscientious motorists in the state

Compiled by Nishant Sinha
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