Drivers warned to use seatbelts as clampdown starts

PS Rob Heard on a seatbealt check operation i n Portsmouth last year
PS Rob Heard on a seatbealt check operation i n Portsmouth last year

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Police officers will this week be cracking down on people who fail to wear seatbelts in vehicles.

As part of the Europe-wide Seatbelt Enforcement and Education Campaign, which runs from today until Sunday, officers will be checking people are using seatbelts.

While the vast majority of people are wearing their seatbelts, some people are becoming complacent and feel a collision will never happen to them

Road safety officer Sergeant Rob Heard

A review done by Hampshire Constabulary with Thames Valley Police found many people are still flouting the law when it comes to safety.

Last year, Hampshire police prosecuted 770 people for not wearing a seatbelt.

Road safety officer Sergeant Rob Heard said: ‘Evidence from this report shows there is still a need for us to crackdown on those who don’t wear their seatbelt when travelling.

‘While the vast majority of people are wearing their seatbelts, some people are becoming complacent and feel a collision will never happen to them.

‘In some cases they feel that because they are driving locally and at a low speed they will be okay.

‘However research has shown many collisions occur at low speed and within in few miles of home.

‘You are twice as likely to die in a collision if you are not wearing a seatbelt and in the event of an accident if unrestrained, you will hit the windscreen, or the front seat in the case of a rear seat passenger at a force of 30 to 60 times your own body weight.’

Sgt Heard also said car seats for children need to be fitted properly.