Police issue guidance over car seat belts

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 27th March 2024

Derbyshire Police have issued guidance regarding the wearing of seat belts in cars as part of a month-long drive safety campaign.
A spokesman for Alfreton Police SNT said: “Over the month of March, we are sending out advice around the Fatal Four Offences – Drink or Drug driving, speeding, using a mobile device while driving and not wearing seatbelts. These four are the top road offences which cause collisions and serious injuries on our roads.
“For Part 4 we offer advice around seat belts and the law.
“It is a legal requirement in the UK to wear a seat belt if one is fitted, there are only a few exemptions. Please visit – The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) Regulations 1993 (https://orlo.uk/yZdUA), for more information.”
They continued: “Did you know that you can be fined up to £500 for not wearing a seat belt?
“Wearing a seat belt not only helps protect your safety, but it also helps protect the safety of others.
“Only one person is allowed in each fitted seat belt – never use the same seat belt across two or more passengers.
“As a passenger over the age of 14, it is your responsibility to ensure you’re waring a seat belt – failure to do so could result in a fine.”
With regards to child passengers, the spokesman said: “Children under 135cm (4’4”) tall must be in the correct car seat for their height and weight.
“Did you know that you could be fined £500 if a child under 14 years old is not in the correct car seat, or, if over 135cm tall, not wearing a seat belt whilst you are driving?”

For more information about car seat requirements go to here

Read more about the ‘Fatal Four’ here

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