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Hertfordshire County Council

Celebrating seat belts

It takes seconds and might just save your life – belt up

Why you need to wear one

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Myths

I don't need to wear a seat belt because...

 

I'm going on a short journey.

This could be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys at low speeds.

 

I’m a good driver.

Incidents can happen anytime and might not be your fault. Chances are it'll be a lot worse without your belt on.

 

My car has airbags and other safety devices.

You might not fly through the windscreen, but without a seat belt you could still go through other windows.

 

Youtube - Embrace life, always wear your seat belt

Make sure everyone is wearing their seat belt


If one person isn't wearing their belt and you have to stop suddenly, they could get thrown around, causing injury or death to everyone else in the car.

 


Car seats

You can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct restraint for their age, height and weight while you're driving.

GOV.UK: The law on child car seats


Is it the right seat for your child?

Around 75% of car seats aren't as safe as they could be because they're incompatible with the car, fitted incorrectly or don't fit the child's height and weight.

RoSPA have information on:

 

 

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The law

GOV.UK: The law on seat belts

The fixed fine for not wearing a seat belt is £100, but you can be fined up to £500.

 

Did you know?

  • The first law requiring you to wear a seat belt was passed in 1983.
  • Afterwards, the number of drivers and front seat passengers wearing seat belts rose from 40% to 95%.
  • Fatalities in vehicles reduced by nearly 30%.

 

Have safe and happy travels and belt up – thank you.

For more on road safety in Herts follow us on Twitter @roadsafetyherts

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