South Yorkshire Police launch seat belt safety campaign
Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways that everyone can make themselves safer and less likely to suffer serious harm. People who fail to wear a seat belt while travelling on roads in South Yorkshire will be targeted by the Police as part of a week-long enforcement campaign which starts on Monday 12 September.
The initiative is part of a European-wide campaign organised by TISPOL (Traffic Information System Police). As part of the campaign, the South Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group will be carrying out dedicated operations at known casualty hotspots across the county. The operations will focus on a number of road safety issues such as mobile phone usage as well as seat belt enforcement.
Police enforcement will be supported by seat belt safety messages being displayed on road-side variable messaging signs across the county, organised by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
In 2009, of the 1,059 car occupants killed in the UK, research indicates that 21% were not wearing a seat belt. Statistics show that you are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt.
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne said: “Putting on your seat belt should be part of your routine before even starting your car engine. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that all passengers are wearing seat belts”.
If you’re involved in a collision wearing a seat belt could mean the difference between life and death. It makes no sense to continue risking your life by not belting up”.
Drivers caught without a seat belt face on-the-spot fines of £60. If you are prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.