Kent Police backs national seatbelt campaign

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Motorists are urged to belt up as officers at Kent Police will be out in force supporting a nationwide road safety campaign.

The two-week campaign from the National Police Chiefs’ Council starts on Monday 29 June 2020. It will see officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Special Constabulary and Road Safety Team at Kent Police paying particular attention to those who have failed to secure their seatbelts at various locations around the county.

Driving without a seatbelt has been linked to a number of fatalities on the roads in Kent. Statistics show that in 2019 11 people were killed and 15 seriously injured following a collision in which seatbelts were not worn.

It has been recognised that in a crash you are twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt and there is evidence to suggest that people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys, putting them at serious risk of injury in a collision.

Chief Inspector Rhiannan Pepper, Head of Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Enforcing the law is business as usual for us but we welcome opportunities like this to help further promote road safety messages.

‘Our officers will be looking out for any motorists and passengers who are not wearing a seatbelt and those breaking the law will face a fine.

‘Seatbelts are vital to keep road users as safe as possible, this includes passengers as well as drivers and especially children.

‘This law has been in force since 1983 and thankfully the majority of people do wear seatbelts, however there are still some who choose to break the law. This is of great concern to us when it comes to keeping Kent’s roads safe for all who use them.

‘Lives lost on the road is a tragic waste and devastating to all involved. We all have a duty to make sure we do everything within our power to protect ourselves and others so please belt up every time.’