Seat belt fines have become a lot more common in recent years according to the latest shocking figures to be released. This period of time has seen a 30% rise in the total number of offences seen. This doesn’t take into account the number of people who may have driven without a seat belt and not been caught, so the actual figure for people driving without belting up could be even higher.
Fixed penalties worth over £3.5 million were issued to people throughout 2013 who were caught out not wearing their seat belts. The total number caught rose to 35,000, from a figure of 27,000 back in 2010. One in five of the people caught were seen on roads throughout Scotland, a local paper from the area reported. This was also where the biggest increase in fines was seen, although it is thought this could be attributed to better policing and enforcing of the law in Scotland.
Seat belts have long been proven to save lives and minimise the injuries suffered in road accidents. Indeed, since it became law to wear a seat belt in 1983, fatalities have fallen by 60%.
Why is neglecting to wear a seat belt so dangerous?
Imagine what would happen if you were in a car and not wearing a seat belt. If something hit you from behind, or your car was involved in an accident while travelling at speed, there would nothing to prevent you from smashing into the steering wheel or going through the windscreen. It is hoped that seatbelt fines will make these drivers and passengers think again and wear their belts the next time they get into their cars. To go without one is very dangerous indeed and can lead to injuries or loss of life.
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