80 drivers caught risking life during seatbelt campaign

Date published: 05 July 2022 13:06
Dated: 05 July 2022 13:47:10

Roads Policing Officers are continuing to warn drivers around the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt.

You are twice as likely to die in a collision if you are not wearing your seatbelt, and the message from officers is simple- belt up, save your life.
Stopping drivers for not wearing a seatbelt or having a child unrestrained in their car is part of daily business for officers across South Yorkshire, whose efforts are focused on creating safer roads and less fatalities.
As part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s three-week campaign to highlight the dangers of failing to wear your seatbelt, roads policing officers have stopped over 141 vehicles to carry out checks.
Of the 141 drivers stopped, 80 were found to be breaking the law; 77 for not wearing a seatbelt and three with an unrestrained child in the car.
Of the drivers issued Fixed Penalty Notices, the highest number were men and those under 25, which reflects the statists nationally.
Roads Policing Inspector Matt Collings explains more, he said: “There are various excuses why people do not wear their belt, but research shows that those aged between 17 and 35 are less likely to wear theirs. We believe this could be due to peer pressure, but ask yourself, how would you feel if you killed your friend?
“Of those found not to be wearing their seatbelts, four were passengers in the rear of a car. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure their passengers are wearing their seatbelts, and those sitting in the rear need to be reminded of how they can affect the front passengers’ safety if they were involved in a collision.
“Three drivers were stopped for having an unrestrained child in the car, one of which waved to our officer who was driving behind in an un-marked car. Whether you think you’re the safest driver in the world, or you’re only ‘nipping’ down the road, it is your responsibility to make sure your child is in a correctly fitted car seat for their age and size.
“For us it’s not about issuing tickets, it’s about making drivers think about the consequences, and belt up before driving their vehicle next time.
“Seatbelts save lives, it’s simple and it’s a fact, but they need to be worn to be effective.”
More information about fitting your child’s car seat correctly can be found on the direct.gov website-
https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules
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