National seatbelt campaign backed by Wiltshire Police

Alert message sent 24/05/2021 16:11:00

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From today (24 May) until 13 June Wiltshire Police will be supporting The National Police Chiefs’ Council  (NPCC) campaign to ensure that seatbelts are being worn by motorists.

The main objectives of this campaign are to keep road users safe and reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and to encourage drivers to comply with the seat belt legislation to protect themselves and their passengers.

Sgt Will Ayres of the Road Policing Unit said: “The simple act of wearing a seatbelt or making sure that children are secure with the correct restraint, could help avoid injury or even save a life. We are seeing drivers of all types of vehicles thinking that they can ignore the requirement or risking their lives due to having defective seatbelts.”

“Earlier this year the driver of a heavy goods vehicle approached a roundabout too quickly and over-turned when the heavy load being carried shifted. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown to the passenger side of the vehicle and trapped partly out of the cab. He was only freed when a heavy crane could be deployed to right his lorry. The driver is to be prosecuted for not wearing a seatbelt and for having an unsecured load. He was very fortunate his actions did not cost him his life.”

“I would ask all drivers to help improve safety on our roads in Wiltshire and Swindon by making sure that they and any passengers are correctly using a seatbelt. In a collision, an unrestrained back seat passenger can be thrown forward with enough force to kill the person in front.”

Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest features for helping to protect the lives of drivers and passengers. It has been in law since 1983 so most drivers will have been taught to use one.
In the UK, if a seatbelt is fitted there is a legal requirement to wear it. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £500. If you are a driver and have children under 14 in the vehicle you are responsible to make sure they are using a restraint appropriate for their age and height.

Over the past year, road deaths in the UK have fallen by 14% due to the national restrictions implemented from the coronavirus pandemic and 1580 people had lost their lives to the year ending June 2020.

The key thing to remember is that seatbelts save lives.

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Philip Mackie (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)

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