One click could change your future- belt up

Date published: 22 June 2020 14:05
Dated: 22 June 2020 14:57:53

Officers from our Roads Policing Group are #Standingupforbeltingup as they take part in a two-week national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of wearing your seat belt.

If you crash, you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt than if you do - so why do people not belt up?

Research shows that drivers and passengers aged 17 to 34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates, Roads Policing Sergeant Matt Duffy explains more behind these facts, he said:

“Research shows that there are a number of reasons why people don’t wear seatbelts. One of the biggest being that drivers do not believe they are going to crash.

“No one starts their journey thinking they’re going to crash their car, no one wants to be involved in a crash. People need to remember that other drivers can still collide with you.

“The accident may not be your fault, but if you’re not wearing your seatbelt, you are still twice as likely to die.

“Men aged 16 to 35 and women aged 16 to 25 are the least likely to wear a belt. We believe this could be due to peer pressure when in the car with friends of a similar age, or the person driving the car may feel too embarrassed to ask their friends to put their belt on. It is important that you ask yourself how would you feel if you killed your best friend?”

Department for Transport figures showed that in 2018, 26 per cent of car occupants killed on the UK’s roads were not wearing a seatbelt. In a bid to combat this and create safer roads across South Yorkshire, the two-week campaign will see traffic officers stopping drivers who are not wearing a seatbelt. The current enforcement for being caught without a belt is a £100 fine.

Sgt Duffy added: “The law is quite clear on the matter of seatbelts - if seatbelts are fitted in a vehicle they must be used.

“Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seat belts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law. Drivers caught without a seat belt face fines of £100, but we are more concerned about your safety than issuing fines. It takes just a few seconds to fasten your seat belt, so belt up to save lives!”

As the roads start to become busier, remember that one click of a belt could save the life of you, your family and your friends.

Joanne Wehrle, Manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said: “Choosing not to wear a seatbelt, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds, can be a life-changing or even fatal decision.

“Please remember that the car’s air bags are not a substitute for wearing a seatbelt, the two are designed to work together.

“More information about seatbelts can be found on our Safer Roads Partnership website- https://sysrp.co.uk/seatbelts/.”

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