A car crash which occured last Friday saw the driver of the sole vehicle involved lose his life after being thrown from the car he was driving. This would imply that the driver was insufficiently fastened, and if the image above allegedly pertaining to this particular crash is accurate, he did not have his seat belt fastened in the first place.

The image, which has been circulated on the Internet, shows a decoy clip inserted into the seat belt clasp instead of a fastened belt. These clips have been known to be purchased by users who want to drive without the seat belt warning chime blaring at them.

“Based on initial investigations, the accident is believed to have occurred when the Mitsubishi Lancer driven by the victim, who was heading to Port Dickson from Seremban, skidded to the left side of the road and hit the metal road divider. The accident caused the victim to be thrown from his vehicle,” Port Dickson District police chief Supt Zainudin Ahmad said in a statement as reported by Bernama.

These seat belt decoy clips have been known to be available for purchase at accessory shops, although the ramifications of not properly wearing one’s seat belt – as demonstrated by the unfortunate man’s demise – are clear to see. Also, just in case rear-seat passengers think they are exempt from causing harm, watch the video above to see what happens when a rear occupant is unfastened.

There’s probably no need to mention this, but do you really need such an incident to remind you of the importance of fastening your seat belt? It’s the most basic safety item that you can have, and other features like airbags simply won’t save your life if you don’t even take a couple of seconds to buckle up before you set off. Please, make it a habit.