'A few seconds can save your life': Police urge motorists to belt up on the roads

PUBLISHED: 06:51 08 March 2019

More than 320 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt in Hertfordshire last year.

More than 320 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt in Hertfordshire last year.

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Motorists in Welwyn Hatfield are urged to take a few seconds to belt up and help save their life.

More than 320 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt on Hertfordshire roads in 2018.

During this month, police will be paying particular attention to those not wearing seatbelts, in support of the National Police Chief’s Council campaign.

Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit casualty reduction Sergeant Ian Manley said: “We see the serious and horrific consequences not wearing a seatbelt can have to those in a car, and on their families and friends who are affected by what has happened.

“A few seconds is nothing in comparison to the possibility of not suffering serious injury or death on our roads.”

Men aged between 22 and 36 are the highest risk offenders, particularly those driving vans.

You can receive a fine of up to £500 for not wearing your seatbelt.

Sgt Manley said: “We are absolutely committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

“Putting your seatbelt on should be automatic as soon as you get in your vehicle.

“Those few seconds really could make the difference.”

As part of the campaign, officers will also be educating people about wearing seatbelts correctly and the importance of children being secured in the most appropriate seat for their age and height.

A child must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. Babies should be in rear facing car seats until they are 15 months old or 9kg, depending on the type of safety device.

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