Stirling Council are trying to encourage more young people to wear seatbelts.
It is estimated that half of the people killed in vehicles could have been saved if they had worn a seatbelt. However, police in Scotland stop around 27,000 people who aren’t wearing a seat belt each year. Successful campaigns and policy change have led to a drastic increase in seat belt usage. However, this information must be repeated with each new generation to show the importance behind seat belt usage.
Why you should wear a seatbelt
- You should always wear your seat belt when driving or travelling in a vehicle, regardless of the speed or distance you are travelling.
- Wearing a seat belt could potentially save yours and others’ lives.
- If you’re involved in a collision, a seat belt will stop you from being thrown from your seat.
- If seated in the back of the vehicle being thrown into the back of the passengers in front can injure or even kill the person in front of you.
Did you know?
- Your risk of a fatal injury is reduced by 50% when you wear a seatbelt.
- All other safety features in cars, such as airbags, are only designed to work when the occupant is wearing a seatbelt.
- If you crash at 30 mph and are unrestrained, your body will hit anything in front of you, including another passenger or driver, with a force of between 30 and 60 times your body weight.
- Always wear a seatbelt when travelling as a passenger or driver. It is as effective to wear a seatbelt in the back of a vehicle as in the front.
- If you are stopped and caught not wearing a seatbelt you will be given £100 fixed penalty notice but could be fined up to £500.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that children are correctly restrained and use the appropriate restraint for their weight, age and size.
- The driver is also responsible for anyone aged under 14 not wearing a seatbelt and liable to the £100 penalty for each unrestrained child.