Enforcement campaign highlights seatbelt problem in Wales
More than 850 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt by police in Wales as part of a two-week campaign which ran during March.
The All Wales campaign, led by Dyfed-Powys Police, looked to crack down on motorists and passengers committing the offence, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts.
Drivers were also reminded of their responsibility to ensure passengers under the age of 14 years are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.
The enforcement campaign was supported by Road Safety Wales, who has appealed to those not wearing a seatbelt to ‘reconsider their attitude and behaviour’.
Susan Storch, chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “With children and young people learning directly from adults, Road Safety Wales would appeal to those drivers and passengers across Wales, who continue to flout the seatbelt law, to reconsider their attitude and behaviour.
“Protecting yourself and sending the right message to others is a very simple undertaking which could save lives. Whatever the journey, do the right thing and buckle up.”
Across the two weeks, 854 offenders were caught by police across Wales. Dyfed-Powys led the way with 400 offenders, followed by South Wales (275), Gwent (170) and North Wales (9).
Assistant chief constable Liane James, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “Wearing a seatbelt is such a simple, easy thing to do. As police officers, we see the consequences of driving without a seatbelt all too often at crash scenes.
“While you will face a fine if you are caught without your seatbelt on, the key message we are trying to get across is that wearing a seatbelt really could mean the difference between life and death - and that applies just as much to passengers as it does to drivers and it also endangers other people within the car.”
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