Keeping children belted up target of safety campaign - The Leamington Observer

Keeping children belted up target of safety campaign

Leamington Editorial 15th Jun, 2022 Updated: 15th Jun, 2022   0

MAKING sure children are safely belted up in the car is the focus of Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership’s latest seat belt campaign.

There will be daily facts and information about seat belts and travelling safely with children across all Warwickshire Road Safety’s social media platforms throughout June. Police will also be actively on the lookout all month for those drivers breaking the law.

The road safety experts are urging all drivers and passengers to buckle up to save them from serious injury and even death, with regular postings on Facebook @WarwickshireRoadSafety and Twitter @WarksRoadSafety to explain just how important this is.

This includes the fact that during 2021 Warwickshire Police issued 198 notices to car users for failing to wear a seat belt, leading to fines of £500 and up to three penalty points. Drivers can also be fined for not ensuring children travelling in the car are properly belted in.

Last year, 19 drivers in Warwickshire were stopped who did not have children properly restrained – nine of who were under three-years-old.

Sgt Shaun Bridle said: “Whilst we prefer to educate drivers of cars, vans, HGVs and other vehicles first, officers will be actively enforcing the legislation. During the campaign increased numbers of officers will be proactively patrolling Warwickshire’s roads looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts.

“Whether you are a driver or passenger, please make it a habit to check everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt as it could save your or their life. If you don’t always wear a seat belt, please use this as an opportunity to change your habits for good.”


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