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Seat belt law

Seatbelts are there for a reason. Fail to belt up and you’re twice as likely to die in an accident.

Every motorist should be aware of rules when it comes to seat belt law and child seat belt laws. Nevertheless, a huge proportion of drivers and passengers alike across the UK continue to flout seat belt laws and the importance of seatbelts.

Seat belts and seat belt law exist for a reason. In an accident, wearing one can halve the likelihood of suffering fatal injuries. There is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt at any time. Even on short, slow and familiar journeys, you never know what’s around the next corner.

The accident may not be your fault, but fail to wear a seatbelt and the consequences could be horrific.

The reality


In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt


Drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates


This group also has the highest accident rate


People are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys


Every second without a seatbelt puts you at serious risk of injury or death



It is a legal requirement to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles


Seatbelts should also be worn on coaches, buses and other vehicles


The consequences

Not wearing a seatbelt penalties may include:

  • White tick icon Seatbelts should also be worn on coaches, buses and other vehicles
  • White tick icon If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500
  • White tick icon Leicestershire Police caught nearly 700 drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts in 2016

What you should consider

Always wear a seatbelt – no excuses, no exceptions.

In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t.

Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision, even on short journeys at low speeds.

Wear your seatbelt correctly for the best possible protection in a crash.


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