SERP supports national seatbelt campaign

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) launched the #StandingUpForBeltingUp campaign on Monday 22 July, to highlight the law on and importance of wearing seatbelts in vehicles.

Essex Police officers are warning motorists and passengers that they are risking their lives by not wearing seatbelts and that fixed penalty notices will be issued to those who choose to flout the law.

Adam Pipe, Head of Roads Policing, said: “Wearing a seatbelt can mean the difference between life and death. If you choose not to wear a seatbelt, you are 16 times more likely to die in the event of a crash.

“Fortunately, 97% of car drivers and 95% of car passengers involved in collisions in the last year in Essex were wearing a seatbelt, however we still catch around 6,000 people not wearing their seatbelts every year.

“We’ve seen a lot of people wearing their seatbelts plugged behind them or pulled over their head to avoid the car from beeping or alerting them for not wearing their seatbelt. Seatbelts are there for one reason and one reason only – to save lives. It’s so important to wear them properly.

“Reducing injury and death on our roads is the Partnership’s main priority and it’s key to remember is that seatbelts really do save lives.

“Please show your support by using the hashtag ##StandingUpForBeltingUp and sharing our social media messages.”

25 June 2020

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