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People urged to 'belt up' in vehicles
7:10am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
WITH a European-wide seatbelt enforcement campaign taking place this week, the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia and Warwickshire is urging all motorists and their passengers to use their seatbelt every time they travel in a vehicle.
The partnership and both police forces are taking part in the campaign, which runs from today until Sunday to encourage motorists to belt up, through a combination of awareness-raising and enforcement activity.
While most people habitually belt up every time they get into a car, many people - especially those travelling in the back of vehicles - admit they sometimes do not for short journeys. According to a Department for Transport study into the use of seatbelts, journeys taken late at night, early in the morning or within low speed limit areas are other occasions where low seatbelt use is typically found.
It is the law for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle to wear their seatbelt and national research has shown that seatbelts are around 60 per cent effective at preventing fatal injuries and 32 per cent effective at preventing serious injuries.
Anna Higgins, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Although many people do wear their seatbelt, there are still some who either choose not to or simply forget.
“Nationally and locally, there are collisions occurring where people haven’t worn their seatbelt and the injuries sustained could have been avoided if seatbelts were used.
“Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law and now face an increased on-the-spot fine of £100. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.
“It takes just a couple of seconds to put your seatbelt on, so there really isn’t any excuse not to use it and it could save your life if you’re involved in a collision.”
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