Wednesday March 15 2017
Neil Hamilton, UKIP Group Leader in the Assembly, is backing an All Wales campaign to make drivers more aware of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.
Mr Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales is supporting the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, which was launched this week.
Dyfed Powys Police leads the campaign warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
Neil Hamilton said:
“Wearing a seatbelt really should be second nature to drivers these days. Failing to wear one can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds.
“Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, I am amazed that, even after almost 30 years, there are still people driving around without using them. Whatever reasons people may have for choosing not to use them, it is as a known fact that it can save lives.
“If you are stopped by the police and not wearing a seatbelt you could face an on-the-spot fine of £100 and, if successfully prosecuted in court, the maximum fine is £500.
“During the campaign, which runs until Sunday March 26, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to flout the law and I would urge drivers to make sure they ‘belt up’.”
Assistant Chief Constable, Liane James, said:
“Wearing a seatbelt is such a simple, easy thing to do. As police officers, we see the consequences of driving without a seatbelt all too often at crash scenes. While you will face a fine if you are caught without your seatbelt on, the key message we are trying to get across is that wearing a seatbelt really could mean the difference between life and death - and that applies just as much to passengers as it does to drivers and it also endangers other people within the car.
“It's such a simple act to carry out and we will continue to work closely with our partners in tackling these issues."
Motorists and passengers who choose to risk their lives by not wearing a seatbelt could receive a £100 on-the-spot fine or be summonsed to court, where they could face fines of up to £500.
Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, added:
“We want to encourage people to recognise the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and we know that there are still people across Wales who are taking that risk.
“Seatbelts are designed to work as an important part of life saving and injury prevention measures within the vehicle environment. Safety systems, such as airbags and head restraints, will not be as effective in reducing the risk of being hurt or even killed if an occupant is not wearing a seat belt.”