This week marks the start of a national seatbelt campaign. Even though this law was introduced 37 years ago in 1983, we still see far too many deaths that can be attributed to not wearing a seatbelt. In fact killed and seriously injured (KSI) figures would reduce by 25% if the wearing rate was 100%.
Statistics also show that people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys, trips to the local shops or nipping to see friends or family.
Wikipedia describes a seatbelt as 'a vehicle safety device designed to secure the driver or a passenger of a vehicle against harmful movement that may result during a collision or a sudden stop. A seat belt reduces the likelihood of death or serious injury in a traffic collision by reducing the force of secondary impacts with interior strike hazards, by keeping occupants positioned correctly for maximum effectiveness of the airbag (if equipped) and by preventing occupants being ejected from the vehicle in a crash or if the vehicle rolls over'.
So if this is a safety feature meant to protect, why are people still not wearing them ? Your guess is as good as ours, but during this campaign we will again be highlighting the dangers of not wearing them. We will be out and about alongside Derbyshire's Road Policing Unit identifying drivers and passengers not wearing them which may result in a fine of £100.
Keep yourself and others safe and make sure that every journey you make, you wear your seatbelt.