All-Wales’ seatbelt crackdown draws to a close
A two-week long campaign which vowed to ‘crackdown’ on seatbelt offenders in Wales draws to a close on Sunday (20 March).
The All-Wales seatbelt campaign began on 7 March with police officers reminding people that ‘belting up can save a life’, while also warning that officers were on the lookout for those ignoring the law.
Backed by all four Welsh police forces, the campaign set out to remind drivers and passengers they can be prosecuted and fined £100 for not wearing a seatbelt, and that any child under the age of 14 years who is not wearing a seatbelt is the responsibility of the driver.
The first week of the campaign coincided with a similar Europe-wide campaign by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.
Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the ‘Fatal 5’ - a collective term used by police forces in Wales to identify the five most significant contributory factors in death and serious injury collisions. The others are: drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving and dangerous driving.
During the 2015 campaign 1,257 people across Wales were stopped by police for not wearing their seatbelt.
Susan Storch, chair of Road Safety Wales said: "Wearing a seatbelt and using the correct child restraints is a fundamental part of road safety. Anyone flouting the law is taking an enormous and potentially fatal risk.
“Partners in Road Safety Wales continue to educate and encourage the public to adhere to the law and we fully support our police partners in this vitally important all-Wales enforcement campaign.”
With 50 days to go until the first ‘European Day Without a Road Death’, TISPOL has published a video to suggesting ways for road users ways to get involved in the event.