DGT reminds pregnant women about seat belt laws

DGT reminds pregnant women about seat belt laws. image: guardia civil

DGT reminds pregnant women that the seat belt laws also apply to them

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has made a point of reminding pregnant women that the seat belt laws also apply fully to them as well after several articles had appeared recently online, saying otherwise, writing in its magazine, “In internet forums, we can see recommendations for pregnant women about the seat belt that are real outrages. Don’t pay any attention!”.

Pere Navarro, the head of the DGT reminds women in the magazine, “Pregnant women must fasten the seatbelt in all the seats of the vehicle following very simple rules”, accompanied by a series of images explaining how to position the seatbelt when pregnant.

He continues, “The lower band should go below the abdomen, adjusting as much as possible to the bony part of the hips, never above the abdomen”, proceeding to explain about the diagonal strap, “which will always go on the shoulder, without touching the neck, between the breasts, without leaning on any of them and surrounding the abdomen”.

Finally, he emphasises that the belt must always be tight, “No slack. None of the belt bands should be loose”.

This information from the DGT is designed to not only raise awareness, but to save your pocket, because pregnant women do not have any exemption for wearing the seat belt because of their condition, and in fact, failure to use the seat belt can lead to a €200 fine and four points off their driving licence.
As with pregnant women, people who suffer with pain from previous accidents should also take care how they fasten their seatbelt, as they too are not exempt, stressing that you should never wear the belt “above your abdomen, twisted, or with slack and without checking, in the event that you have previously suffered an accident”.
The DGT has what it calls the six rules, when it comes to seatbelts, three have been mentioned, the other three are that users must be careful with coats and clothes with a lot of volume, ” Do not use darts or too bulky garments, such as coats. Do not put anything under the belt, such as cushions or pillows, in order to be more comfortable”.

Then, “The position of the seat must be taken into account. Almost at a right angle, never too inclined, since this position favors the appearance of the “underwater effect”, or that it makes it easier for the belt to strangle you in the event of an accident. And finally, of course, never ever place your feet on the dashboard, as reported by 20minutos.es.


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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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