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Warwickshire Police Encourage Motorists To Belt Up

Author: Kate Turner Published: 12th March 2012 21:07

Belt Up - Is the message from Warwickshire Police!

Warwickshire Police is joining forces with police officers across Europe to enforce the message to motorists to "belt-up".

The Europe-wide seat belt enforcement campaign runs from 12 March through to 18 March with the intention of heightening awareness of the requirement for motorists to use their seatbelts.

But for Warwickshire Police, seatbelt enforcement is business as usual.

Superintendent Adrian McGee, force lead on Incident Resolution, said "Although the European enforcement campaign runs for a week during March, seat belt enforcement as part of our road safety campaign to reduce death and injury on the road, is a policing priority and police officers will stop a motorist if they or their passengers are not wearing seat belts, as normal policing duties throughout the year."

· Research has shown you are twice as likely to die in a road traffic collision if you are not wearing a seat belt.

· Fifty years after it's introduction 400 people a year are killed each year in the UK because they were not wearing a seat belt.

· Few people will actually admit to regularly travelling without wearing a seat belt, but research has shown that 24% of rear seat passengers don't always wear a seatbelt, and 10% of front seat passengers sometimes neglect to belt-up.

· The occasions when people don't use their seat belts tends to be on short distances, or when travelling at slow speeds - but the danger of collision is just as real on these journeys.

· The peak age for people not wearing their seat belt is between 21 - 25 years

The law states that you must wear a seat belt in a car or good vehicle is one is fitted. The penalty for not doing so is a £60 fine, which can rise to £500 if you are prosecuted.

The driver of the car is responsible for themselves, and all children under the age of 14 years travelling in the car with them, wearing a seat belt. Adult passengers, and those aged over 14 years, are responsible for themselves and can also face a £60 fine if they fail to belt-up.

Supt McGee said, "There is no excuse for not wearing a seat belt. Unfortunately families and police officers see the results of people who have not been wearing seat belts when they have been in a collision. If the general public were aware of the consequences of not belting up it would be a very salutary lesson indeed for them. "

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