Belt up in the back
Drivers, especially parents, are warned to make sure fellow travellers are strapped in
Parents are being urged to make sure their kids are wearing a seatbelt.
If not they risk receiving a fine of up to £500.
Motoring experts want to raise awareness with the temptation youngsters have to undo their seatbelt.
The latest figures reveal that 24% of car occupant fatalities were not wearing a seatbelt.
Parents need to watch that toddlers and young children wear seatbelts when travelling in the back seat of their cars.
Youngsters can be tempted to undo their own seat belts during journeys
The plea for parents to be extra cautious comes as it was reported in the Department of Transports Road Casualty Report that 24% of car occupant fatalities were not wearing a seatbelt.
This is a huge percentage considering figures show that in the year ending June 2022, there were 29,804 reported killed and seriously injured casualties on British roads.
Safe and sound
Research also shows that the number of rear seat passengers observed not wearing seat belts is considerably lower than front passengers.
Seatbelts are regarded as perhaps the greatest innovation in vehicle safety since the car hit the roads. Not only does the simple device offer a safety system that prevents and reduces injuries if there is a crash, they also significantly lower the risk of being thrown out of a vehicle.
Since the law was introduced to make them a legal requirement, seatbelts are estimated to have saved tens of thousands of lives in Britain.
Drivers are responsible for any child aged up to 14. They can be fined for each child passenger not wearing a seat belt and, if the case goes to court, motorists can be fined up to £500.
Any driver or passenger over 14 caught not wearing a seatbelt can be given an on-the-spot penalty of £100.
The law says it is also the driver’s responsibility to ensure that children have an appropriate car seat until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old.
Gary Digva, the founder of Snooper, says: “It is essential that parents be extra cautious when driving with children because they are known to go through phases of clicking and releasing their seatbelts.
“Never start the car engine until children, and everyone, including the driver, is securely buckled in.
“Parents should explain to their kids how important seatbelts are to their safety and warn them that there can be severe consequences if they remove them.
“Consider taking some toys, a book or an electronic device in the car to keep them distracted, but if that is not working, another adult should remain in the back seat to stop them from releasing them.
“Should a child undo the fastening, the driver should pull over as soon as it is safe and repeat how important seatbelts are to keep them safe.
“Under no circumstances should a driver ever let anyone in the car travel without being strapped in because not only is it illegal, but it could also end in serious injury or death.”