April 9, 2010


Speed is irrelevant. Without wearing a seat belt an accident whilst travelling at 30mph can still kill.

New TV campaigns showing the effect not wearing your seat belt can have, shows the immense damage you can cause to your internal organs.

Despite anyone over the age of 14 being responsible for themselves, the driver of any vehicle should protect themselves and others by making sure everyone is belted up.

Research has shown that around 350 lives could be saved every year if everyone wore their seat belt all of the time. It is such a simple act that can make such a life changing difference.

In 1965 it became compulsory for car makers to fit cars built in Europe with seat belts in the front. However, it was not until 1991 that it became compulsory for adults and children to wear seat belts in both the front and back of the car.

The penalty for not wearing your seat belt is a fixed penalty fine of £60. However, conviction or non compliance can mean a penalty up to £500.

Natasha Simper of Britannia Driving School said: “It is such an easy rule to follow and even if you are only driving a short distance you cannot predict what will happen on the roads. Belt up and keep safe.”

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