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Seatbelt Safety

14th October 2011

Following a recent initiative by the Scarborough and Ryedale Road Safety Group, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people of the importance of wearing a seatbelt even on short journeys.

The initiative saw Officers from Scarborough and Ryedale Road Safety Group gathering data on whether people were wearing their seatbelts during the school run. More information is available from Scarborough district council here

• You should always wear a seatbelt no matter how short the journey you are making is.

• Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law.

• Drivers caught without a seatbelt face on-the-spot fines of £60. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.

In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt. In 2009, of the 1,059 car occupants killed in crashes, 21% were not wearing a seatbelt.

The following video on the Think! website highlights the possible fatal consequences of not wearing a seatbelt http://think.direct.gov.uk/video-seatbelts.html and more information on seatbelt safety is also available on the Think! website http://think.direct.gov.uk/seat-belts.html

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