Police figures reveal that people involved in a collision in Cambridgeshire within the past three years who were not wearing seatbelts were 11 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than they were to sustain slight injuries.
In 2019, there were 390 tickets issued to people in the county for not wearing a seatbelt - an average of more than one per day. Evidence suggests that men are six times more likely to not wear a seatbelt than women.
Chief Inspector Jon Roche, head of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “If you are not wearing a seatbelt and you are involved in a collision, chances are you will be killed or seriously injured. Collisions can happen at any time so it is vital that everyone wears a seatbelt on every journey, no matter how short. They are really easy to use and are proven to save lives so please make sure you wear yours.”
The two-week campaign from the National Police Chiefs’ Council started on Monday, June 29.
In the UK, it is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt if one is fitted. Fines of up to £500 can be issued to those who fail to do so. Drivers are responsible for children under 14 being in a restraint appropriate to their age and height.