From January 2011, seat belt wearing in the front seats will be obligatory on all roads in the country.
Georgia will begin the Decade of Action with a tougher seat belt law in a victory for national campaigners and EASST initiatives.
With EASST backing, the Georgian ‘Partnership for Road Safety,’ founded by EASST Partner Gela Kvashilava, has spearheaded the efforts to update seat belt legislation. Amendments to the country’s Code of Administrative Violations, steered through parliament by Vice-Speaker Rusudan Kervalishvili and Otar Toidze, Chairman of the Health and Social Issues Committee, are now set to be introduced in January 2011, making seat belt wearing in front seats obligatory on all roads in the country. Currently seat belt laws only apply on inter-urban highways and roads where the speed limit is above 80 kph. The new amendments will extend this to all roads and streets. The fine for non-compliance will be 40 GEL (approx US$20).
The Partnership for Road Safety has the strong endorsement of Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Roelofs, and is working with leading legislators to buttress the legislation with effective police enforcement and awareness-raising amongst road users.