A European wide seatbelt campaign is being supported by police teams across North and West Devon. It aims to promote road safety and cut fatalities on the road by 40% by 2020. The initiative started on 10th and ends on 16th September 2012.
In a recent study, of 1059 car occupants killed in crashes, 21% were not wearing a seatbelt. Drivers and passengers aged between 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate. People are less likely to use seat belts on short or familiar journeys, putting themselves at serious risk of injury in a crash.
Evidence shows that one life a day could be saved if all vehicle occupants wore a seatbelt, or suitable in-vehicle restraint.
Police officers will be working closely with local road casualty reduction officers. Special constables have been drafted in to support the police officers during the campaign period.
Anyone caught not wearing a seat belt will be fined £60.
The initiative is organised by TISPOL (European traffic police network).
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