Back seat riders buckling up in bigger numbers

Kyodo News

Significantly more back seat passengers are wearing seat belts since buckling up became mandatory under the revised road traffic law in June, according to a nationwide survey released Thursday.

The Oct. 1-18 nationwide survey showed 62.5 percent of back seat passengers wore seat belts on expressways, up 49.0 percentage points from the corresponding period last year.

On local roads, 30.8 percent of back seat passengers wore seat belts, up 22.0 points, according to the survey conducted by the National Police Agency and the Japan Automobile Federation.

Under the revised law, back seat passengers found not wearing seat belts on expressways will be given one penalty point.