Police issue seatbelt warning

PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:16 11 September 2013


Message stresses to drivers to ensure all seatbelts are being used when needed.

Police in Devon and Cornwall are reminding drivers and passengers to belt up this month as officers tackle seatbelt offences.

Police are carrying out checks throughout September to tie in with the Europe-wide enforcement campaign by TISPOL (Traffic Information Systems Police) from September 9 - 15.

Road Casualty Reduction Officer PC Dave Trowt said: “Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way of reducing serious and fatal injuries in a collision. It’s crucial to wear a seatbelt where an airbag is fitted. Not doing so increases the chance of injury up to nine times. Seatbelts save thousands of lives each year and too many people are injured or even killed because they don’t wear them.”

Wearing a seatbelt is a legal requirement, and the fine for not wearing one is a £100 fixed penalty notice, or up to £500 in court. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or suitable child restraint.

Children should be in an approved EU booster or baby seat, securely fastened by a three point seatbelt, until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.

EU approved seats will display an “E” on a sticker somewhere on the seat.

If the child travels in the front passenger seat then any fitted airbags must be turned off.

PC Trowt said: “We will be out in local communities and on main routes looking for speed and distraction offences and tackling seatbelt offences. Seatbelts can and will save your life so please make putting on your seatbelt part of your routine.”

For further advice speak to your local police team or contact PC Trowt on the non-emergency phone number 101.

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