UK drivers should remember the importance of wearing a seatbelt every time they take to the roads. This is the sentiment of road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist.

Seatbelts save lives

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth has responded to the latest week-long seatbelt enforcement operation by police forces across the UK, which starts today (March 11).

He argued that wearing a seatbelt should not just be viewed as a legal requirement for motorists. It should also be seen as the number one lifesaver for drivers and their passengers in the event of a collision.

“If you’re not wearing a seatbelt and your vehicle is involved in a crash, you will simply become a projectile,” he stated. “That means you are likely to be flung at high speed – most probably against the front, side or rear windows.”

“That’s why we urge all drivers to ensure that they – and their passengers – wear a seatbelt on every journey, and that any children travelling with you are using an appropriate child restraint.”

The week-long seatbelt safety operation is being carried out by police forces across the country and is supported by similar operations in 27 other nations around Europe.

Failure to wear a seatbelt when driving sees motorists run the risk of receiving a £100 penalty if pulled over by the police. But perhaps more importantly, it increases the risk of a person’s death in an accident by a shocking 45 per cent.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Seatbelt safety is something we should all be aware of. Flouting the law and failing to buckle up is a risky act that can ultimately lead to serious injuries, and potentially death, if you’re involved in an accident.”

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