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PLP: FNM seatbelt law decision insensitive

The Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)yesterday accused the Free National Movement(FNM)of being insensitive as a result of its decision to offer only a few days notice before seatbelt laws enacted in 2002 are enforced.

The Ministry of National Security published notices in newspapers on Tuesday stating that the seatbelt laws would be enforced beginning on Monday.

Glenys Hanna-Martin, Member of Parliament for Englerston, said in a statement that while her party advocates the use of seatbelts for safety, the government’s timeframe for enforcement of the laws is unreasonable.

“The approach by this government in this matter represents a total disconnect and disregard to the realities of ordinary people,”she said.

On Monday drivers not wearing seatbelts could face a$300 fine; passengers not wearing seatbelts could be fined$100; and those found allowing children under five years of age to ride in a car without a car safety seat could be fined$500.

Hanna-Martin said requiring Bahamians to acquire car seats in less than one week is”highly insensitive”, especially during a difficult economic period.

She emphasized that Bahamians should have been given”reasonable”notice and education on seatbelt safety before the enforcement of the laws.

National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest has said the enforcement policy change is taking place in order to enhance public safety.

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