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Hampshire and Thames Valley Police back national seatbelt campaign

Police in Hampshire and the Thames Valley are backing a campaign to try and make sure we all wear a seatbelt, whether we're driving or a passenger.

Operations are taking place over the next few days, as part of a national week of action to try and tackle the problem.

Last year in Hampshire 1,129 seatbelt offences were recorded and 650 of those stopped were ordered to carrying out an online diversion course, Your Belt, Your Life.

Since 2010, 26 people have been killed in Hampshire because they were not wearing a seatbelt when they were involved in a collision.

Officers say you are twice as likely to die in a collision if you are not wearing a seatbelt.

(Sgt Rob Heard - picture credited to Hampshire Police)

Sgt Rob Heard, Road Safety Sergeant for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police, said:

“The vast majority of people are wearing their seatbelts, unfortunately we are still finding people who decide to take the risk and travel in a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt. 

“Unfortunately some people are becoming complacent and feel a collision will never happen to them. 

“People sometimes feel I am only driving locally and at a low speed so I will be ok.

“However research has shown that many collisions occur at low speed and within in few miles of home.

“It's not worth the risk and not wearing your seatbelt means you are breaking the law.”

As well as operations, officers will also be checking child seats to make sure they are fitted correctly.

It has been identified that the majority of car seats across the UK are incorrectly fitted, where two in every three are not fitted properly. 

Sgt Heard added:

“This may be contributing to the continuing rise in child road death and injury. If in doubt get your child seats checked by an approved fitter.”

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