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Drivers told to belt up as police crack down
11:51am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Police in Cornwall are reminding drivers and passengers to belt up this month as officers crack down on seatbelt offences.
Police will be carrying out checks throughout September to tie in with a Europe-wide enforcement until September 15.
Road casualty reduction officer PC Dave Trowt said: “Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way of reducing serious and fatal injuries in a collision. It is crucial to wear a seatbelt where an airbag is fitted as not doing so increases the chance of injury by up to nine times.
“Seatbelts save thousands of lives each year and too many people are injured or even killed because they don’t wear them. This is why we vigorously enforce their use.”
Wearing a seatbelt is a legal requirement with the fine for not wearing one £100 fixed penalty notice or up to £500 in court.
It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or suitable child restraint.
Children should be in an approved EU booster seat or baby seat, securely fastened by a three point seatbelt, until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
EU approved seats will display an “E” on a sticker somewhere on the seat. If the child travels in the front passenger seat then any fitted airbags must be turned off.
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