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Belt Up in the East Riding Says Police

Belt Up in the East Riding Says Police

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 3:20pm 29th February 2012.

Police across the Humberside area are urging motorists and their passengers to buckle up as part of a forcewide casualty reduction campaign being launched on Thursday 01 March 2012.


From 01 March until 31 March 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.


PC Keith Ward, casualty reduction officer for Humberside Police said: “The message we are trying to get across is an important one and could help to possibly save the lives of many people each year.


"I want to ask everyone who gets into a vehicle puts their seat belts on, by doing this the severity of injury in the event of a road traffic collision can be reduced dramatically.


“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.


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