Police warn drivers and passengers to belt up during journeys
Police in Devon and Cornwall are targeting drivers and passengers who fail to 'clunk click' by not wearing their seat belt during car journeys.
Throughout September officers will be carrying out spot checks to tie in with the Europe-wide enforcement campaign by TISPOL - Traffic Information Systems Police.
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 is crucial to wear a seatbelt where an airbag is fitted as not doing so increases the chance of injury by up to 9 times. Seatbelts save thousands of lives each year and too many people are injured or even killed because they don’t wear them. This is why we vigorously enforce their use."
Wearing a seatbelt is a legal requirement and anyone caught without wearing one in a vehicle faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or up to £500 in court.
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Pc Trowt warned that it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or suitable child restraint. Children should be in an approved EU booster seat 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 added: "We will be out in local communities and on main routes looking for speed and distraction offences and tackling seatbelt offences. I recently caught ten drivers not wearing a seatbelt within three hours, including two children incorrectly secured. Seatbelts can and will save your life, please make putting on your seatbelt part of your routine and wear them for every journey."