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Over 1500 people found not to be wearing seatbelts during All Wales Campaign

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Last month over 1500 people in Wales chose not to wear a seatbelt whilst travelling.

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Last month over 1500 people in Wales chose not to wear a seatbelt whilst travelling.

South Wales, Gwent, North Wales and Dyfed Powys Police carried out a two week campaign which enforced the law of wearing a seatbelt in the front and rear of a vehicle and raised awareness of the risks people take by choosing not to belt up.
The offence of not wearing a seatbelt is one of the “fatal 5″; the five offences that cause the most deaths on our roads. The others being careless driving, speeding, drink driving, and driving while on a mobile phone. Drivers or passengers who fail to wear seatbelts could face an on the spot fine of £100 and a maximum fine of £500 if prosecuted.
The results were as follows:
Gwent
78 adults found not to be wearing a seatbelt
2 children found not to be wearing a seatbelt
South Wales
260 adults found not to be wearing a seatbelt
4 children found not to be wearing a seatbelt

North Wales
141 adults found not to be wearing a seatbelt
0 children found not to be wearing a seatbelt

Dyfed Powys
1027 adults found not to be wearing a seatbelt
12 children found not to be wearing a seatbelt
A total of 1524 people (including 18 children) were found not to be wearing a seatbelt during the campaign which ran from 10th-23rd March.

A police spokesperson said;

“This campaign identified a significant number of motorists and passengers in Wales who continue to ignore this simple road safety law and as a result put their lives at risk.

“The action of putting on a seatbelt takes seconds, and its effectiveness should not be underestimated. Even on a short trip and at low speed a seatbelt reduces the likelihood of being seriously injured or even killed on the road, it should be part of every person’s routine before the ignition is turned on.”

In the 2013 campaign 1775 people in Wales were found not to be wearing seatbelts.

405 in South Wales
131 in Gwent
280 in North Wales
959 in Dyfed Powys

46 of the offences related to children not wearing seatbelts.

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