Seatbelt safety invention

Teen's new invention could save lives in the UAE

An Emirati teenager has invented a device that prevents drivers from starting their car engine unless their seatbelt is fastened.

Khalid al Shammari, 18, has been hailed by Abu Dhabi police for his invention which he hopes will reduce the number of deaths in traffic accidents across the UAE.

"If you ask any Emirati why he does not wear the seat belt, he'll tell you so his khandoura (the traditional white gown) does not get wrinkled," he told the National.

"I started thinking, I'm not a genius when it comes to my school studies, so why not come up with something useful for humanity?"

Shammari created a circuit which links the seatbelt to the motor, battery and gear stick. When the seatbelt is unfastened the circuit is broken and the motor will not start nor the gear stick move.

"The next step I aim for, is to apply this system to a full-body car, so I can add an alert message if the motorist unbuckles his seat belt, warning him that the engine will stop in two minutes, for example," he told the paper.

Abu Dhabi Police recognised his efforts by presenting him with a certificate and a cash prize of Dhs5,000 ($1,360).

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