Is the wearing of seat belts optional in Bangalore? On my recent visits here I find (on a quick check) less than 30% of private car drivers wear seat belts, almost no taxi driver and LCV driver wears one.
Contrast this to Chandigarh where I have recently moved to. Almost every single driver - private car, LCV, taxi - in Chandigarh (and neighbouring Panchkula and Mohali) wears a seat belt and insists that the passenger in front belt up. The police is quite ruthless on not belting up.
See today's Hindu for the tragic consequences of not belting up.
"The driver, who had not strapped on his seat belt, was thrown out and suffered severe head injuries. He died on the spot."
In a head on collision as well, belting up increases one's survival chances. And with an airbag not belting up can result in death if the airbag opens up.
If the drivers in my part of India can be made to wear seat belts, I'm sure Bangalore drivers can easily be made to comply. I think our traffic police is far too lax.