“Be Safe Buckle Up”

seat_belt_close_up.jpgYour seatbelt can save your life -   an All Wales Seatbelt Campaign is running a campaign called “Be Safe and Buckle Up ” which reinforces the importance of wearing a seatbelt, wherever you are sitting, every time you get into a vehicle.

Did you know that in a crash, whatever the cause, you are 4 times more likely to be seriously hurt, or possibly even killed, if you are not wearing a seatbelt.

Young men under the age of 31 feature highest of all casualties amongst non seatbelt wearers.  So if you are in this age group it is even more important to “Be Safe and Buckle Up” and remind your friends to do the same!

And just as a reminder:

  1. Drivers and passengers over 14 are responsible for themselves and must by law, wear a seatbelt.
  2. Drivers are responsible for anyone under the age of 14.
  3. It is just as important to wear a seatbelt in the back as well as the front
  4. Children are especially vulnerable.
  5. Even if you are exempted from wearing one, you may be just as vulnerable in an accident.

The law states that you must wear a seatbelt if one is available, unless you’re exempt.

People who are exempt from wearing seat belts include:

  1. Holders of medical exemption certificates
  2. People making local deliveries (where the distance between each delivery is less than 50 metres) in a vehicle specially designed for this purpose.

For advice on the law and the use of seatbelts for all car occupants visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/advice/seatbelts.htm

Drivers are also responsible for passengers under 14 years old. Since 18th September 2006, the law says that all children up to the age of 12 (or over 135cm tall) must use an approved child restraint.

This should be:

  1. A baby seat
  2. Child seat
  3. Booster seat
  4. Booster cushion

The seat or cushion must be appropriate to the child’s size and weight.  It’s also important to make sure these are fitted correctly.  Advice on the correct type of child car seat and how to fit them can be found at www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/advice/childcarseats01.htm

Drivers with passengers who are children should also make sure that:

  1. Child safety door locks (where fitted) are used
  2. Children are kept under control, so that they don’t distract the driver
  3. A rear facing baby seat is never fitted into a seat protected by an airbag.
  4. Full details of who’s responsible for ensuring seatbelts are worn are detailed in Rule 99 for drivers and riders at:

 http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069855