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Seatbelt campaign hopes to make drivers and passengers click on to safety message

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A two-week campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of not wearing seat belts is calling on drivers and passengers to ensure they belt up.

Twenty percent of all fatal road traffic collisions involve someone not wearing a seat belt – with figures rising to 25% of all men killed on the roads in the UK not wearing a belt.

During last year’s national campaign 5361 people were stopped – with 4345 prosecuted for not wearing a seat belt.

Inspector Greg Hunt, who leads the force’s roads policing teams, said: “There are not many times that you can say that a simple two second act can save your life – but with seat belts that is the reality.

“We see on an all too regular basis the devastating impact of not taking those few seconds at the start of a journey.

“There have been examples in our county where people who were not wearing a seatbelt have died in collisions where their fellow passengers, who were wearing them, have not – it really is that black and white.”
A driver or adult passenger caught without a seat belt on can receive a fine of up to £500. If you are the driver of a car with children as passengers then you must ensure they are sitting in car seats appropriate for their age and height and you are liable for a fine if they are not.

This year’s campaign will begin on Monday 29 June and until Sunday 12 July.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Group Manager, Kevin Page, said: “The simple act of putting on a seatbelt can make the difference between life and death, the difference between families’ lives being torn apart and love ones being lost forever, something that sadly our firefighters see on a regular basis on roads across Derbyshire.

“It only takes two seconds to put a seatbelt on and this could be the most important two seconds of your journey.”
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Rebecca Malpass (Police, Content and Social Media Officer, Media team)

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