Penalty points for seatbelt offences are long overdue
GEM Motoring Assist is calling on the Government to bring the law into line with Northern Ireland, and increase the penalty for drivers and passengers who do not wear a seatbelt on journeys.
Commenting on the new road safety plans being considered by the Government, GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said:
“The Government was made aware more than a decade ago that seatbelt compliance among drivers killed in crashes was just 65 per cent, compared with 94 per cent for the wider driving population. Now that road death numbers in the UK are showing no signs of reducing, it’s time ministers sent a clear message that the Government is serious about reducing casualties.
“Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45 per cent for drivers and front seat occupants. They also reduce the risk of serious injury by 50 per cent.
“Research shows time and again that seatbelt laws increase seatbelt use, and therefore reduce deaths and serious injuries.
“We believe that tougher penalties, effectively enforced, would lead to a significant and immediate reduction in the number of drivers and vehicle occupants killed and seriously injured on our roads.”
Any driver failing to wear a seatbelt in Northern Ireland faces a fine and three penalty points, as do drivers who fail to ensure a child in a front or rear seat is not wearing a seatbelt.
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