National Seatbelt Campaign

From the 24th May - 13th June it is a National Seatbelt Campaign.

The main objectives of the campaign are to keep road users safe, to reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured and to encourage drivers to comply with the belt legislation to protect themselves and their passengers #NationalSeatbeltCampaign

The area's forces want to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seat belt when in a vehicle.

Seatbelts are designed to keep you in your seat, and prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash. You’re twice as likely to die in a car crash if you’re not wearing a seatbelt. Not only is not wearing a seat belt deadly, it’s costly too. You can face an on-the-spot fine of £100 if found not wearing one in the front or back of a vehicle. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.

Always make sure children are buckled up in your car too. They must use a child car seat until they’re 12-years-old, or 135 centimetres tall, and it is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.

Ensure your car seat is the right one for your child’s height and weight and for your car - not all seats fit all cars. It also needs to conform to standards and regulations. When fitting a car seat make sure it is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can find out more information on child car seats here.

Please help us make the areas roads safer by belting up every time you are in a vehicle and encourage your friends and family to do so too. It takes a second to do and that second could be the difference between life and death.

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