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Seatbelt Campaign Starts Today In East Riding


6:02am 1st September 2013

People in Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge are being asked to belt-up from today.

It's part of Humberside police's month long seatbelt campaign.

370 people die every year from not wearing a seatbelt - and 7000 are seriously injured.

15 percent of front seat passengers and 50 percent of back seat passengers don't wear a seatbelt.

The campaign aims to make sure kids are properly strapped in and warn people of the dangers of not belting up.


From Friday 16 August the fine for being caught not wearing a seatbelt increased from £60 to £100.

Officers from across the force will enforcing the campaign at a number of locations during September.

Casualty Reduction Officer for the Southbank PC Barry Gardner can be seen talking about the importance of wearing your seatbelt in a short film on YouTube. Just search for Humberbeat and look at videos.

Humberside Police say:

The wearing of Seat Belt Regulations of 1993, regulation 14(3) then made it an offence to fail to wear a seat belt when travelling as the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle.

On 18 September, 2006 new seat belt/child restraint legislation was introduced. Humberside Police say the legislation can be summarised as follows:

• Children under 3 years MUST use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicles). There is only one exception: - child under 3 may travel unrestrained in the rear of a taxi if the correct restraint is not available.

• Rear facing baby seats MUST NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air-bag unless the air-bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.

• In vehicles where seat belts are fitted, children aged three years to 135cm in height MUST use the appropriate child restraint.
Front Seat - correct child restraint must be used.
Rear Seat - correct child restraint must be used.

People must use an adult belt if the correct child restraint is not available in a taxi, for a short distance in an unexpected necessity, or if two occupied child restraints prevent fitting a third.


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