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Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership supports Europe-wide Seatbelt Campaign

| 10.03.14

Evidence shows that about 300 lives would almost certainly have been saved each year if all car occupants had been wearing a seatbelt. That’s roughly one life a day.

Seatbelts won’t prevent the crash from happening, only good driving will do that, but they will save lives and reduce the severity of the injury.

In order to drive home the message, the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is combining a week of road side enforcement activity from Gloucestershire Police with an awareness raising campaign. Gloucestershire Police will be carrying out checks as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL (Traffic Information System Police) seatbelt enforcement campaign between Monday 10 and Sunday 18 March 2014.

Inspector Kevin Roseblade said: “Officers will be particularly looking for drivers and passengers putting themselves at risk by not wearing a seatbelt. And I hope that this advice is taken so that motorists can avoid paying the penalty and more importantly, keep themselves safe”

Drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest collision rate, so this is a timely reminder for all drivers and passengers to buckle-up before they set off. And it’s not just adults who are at risk. Children travelling in vehicles are also required to be appropriately restrained. There is evidence that people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys – this puts them at serious risk of injury in a crash.

Garry Handley OBE of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership said: “There is absolutely no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. This strip of webbing, when worn properly really can save lives. That’s why we want to remind drivers and passengers to always wear a seatbelt on every single journey they make.”

Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law, and drivers caught without a seatbelt face on-the-spot fines of £60. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.

Note:

  • In 2012, 543 drivers and passengers in Gloucestershire were reported for not wearing their seatbelts
  • Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue are able to provide a car seat checking service for any parent or guardian who is anxious about the correct fitting of a child’s car seat by calling 01452 753333

 

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