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South Yorkshire Police joins European seatbelt crackdown

March 11, 2013, 12:01 am

This week South Yorkshire Police is reminding motorists and passengers to belt up on every journey, no matter how short.

The European-wide TISPOL (Traffic Information System Police) seatbelt initiative runs from 11 to 17 March and will involve police forces from across Europe focusing on the importance of wearing seatbelts. Locally, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is supporting police activity and has produced advice leaflets warning of the consequences of not wearing your seatbelt.

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the law requiring all drivers to belt up and since the introduction thousands of lives have been saved and countless injuries prevented. When you consider that you are twice as likely to die in a crash if youre not wearing a seatbelt it is clear to see why wearing one is a legal requirement.

If either the driver or a passenger is caught not wearing their seatbelt they will be given a £60 fixed penalty notice and if prosecuted the maximum fine is £500. The driver is responsible for anyone under 14 not using a safety restraint or seatbelt and is liable for the £60 penalty for each child.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing for South Yorkshire said:

“Some people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys. If youre involved in a collision and not wearing a seatbelt you have a far worse chance of suffering serious injuries or even being killed.

“Taking a few seconds to put on a seatbelt should be a natural action every time you get in a car, it could mean the difference between life and death.”

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