Police urging car users to buckle up as part of casualty reduction campaign
IN an attempt to help reduce the number of casualties on the road across the Humberside area, police are urging motorists and their passengers to buckle up as part of a forcewide casualty reduction campaign being launched on Saturday, September 1.
From September 1 until September 30, a number of police officers will be working closely with Safer Roads Humber enforcement officers, paying increased attention to seat belt offences with offenders being prosecuted and advice leaflets handed out.
There will be additional high visibility policing activity across the force, particularly at locations identified as collision hot spots, with the aim being to increase seat belt wearing compliance levels.
According to government research; as a result of drivers and passengers wearing seat belts to comply with legislation, 370 deaths and 7,000 serious injuries are prevented nationally each year. National seat belt compliance surveys (local figures are not available) show around 85 per cent of front seat occupants and 50 per cent of rear seat occupants, wear seat belts in vehicles.
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Inspector Paul Sergeant, roads policing Inspector for Humberside Police said: “Each year police send out a message to people travelling in vehicles, which is simple, put on your seatbelt and it could possibly save your life, in the event of a road traffic collsion.
"I want to remind people that it takes only a matter of seconds to put on a seatbelt and the time spent doing this could dramatically reduce the severity of injury in the event of a road traffic collision and could also save your life and the lives of those travelling in the vehicle.
“Both drivers and passengers should be aware of the seat belt and child restraint legislation that has been in effect since 2006 but, although there are a few exemptions, the basic rule is that all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts.”
"Anyone caught without a seatbelt will be prosecuted by way of a fixed penalty fine of £60 or served with a summons. "
The wearing of Seat Belt Regulations of 1993, regulation 14(3) then made it an offence to fail to wear a seat belt when travelling as the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle.
On 18 September, 2006 new seat belt/child restraint legislation was introduced. The legislation can be summarised as follows:
• Children under 3 years MUST use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicles). There is only one exception: - child under 3 may travel unrestrained in the rear of a taxi if the correct restraint is not available.
• Rear facing baby seats MUST NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air-bag unless the air-bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.
• In vehicles where seat belts are fitted, children aged three years to 135cm in height MUST use the appropriate child restraint.
Front Seat - correct child restraint must be used.
Rear Seat - correct child restraint must be used.
Must use adult belt if correct child restraint is not available in a taxi, for a short distance in an unexpected necessity, or if two occupied child restraints prevent fitting a third.
A video of PC Barry Gardener - Casualty Reduction Officer for the Southbank is available on the Humberside Police YouTube channel - HPHUMBERBEAT. This video shows information about the offence of not wearing a seatbelt and the potential consequences.
It can also be found at: