Belt up or pay up in crackdown

First published in New Forest News

POLICE in Hampshire are taking part in a Europe-wide campaign this week to crack down on people not wearing their seatbelts.

Since 1983 it’s been law to wear a seatbelt in a vehicle expect in a few rare exceptions.

Those caught not wearing one face a fine of up to £500, but more importantly they are putting themselves at risk of serious injury or death if their vehicle is involved in a crash.

Hampshire’s road safety officer Sergeant Rob Heard said: “The campaign has been launched because research has shown that failure to wear a seatbelt is one of the main reasons why people die in road crashes.

“A recent national roadside survey showed on average 95 per cent of people use a seatbelt but that’s still five per cent too many who aren’t. They are putting themselves and others in real danger.

“There are a few exceptions for people in certain circumstances but for the vast majority it’s essential they belt up to stay safe and avoid a hefty fine.

“Drivers also need to realise it’s their responsibility to make sure children under 14 wear a seat belt or use a suitable child restraint.

”We will be handing out suitable advice and fixed penalty notices to those we see breaking the seatbelt law this week.”


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