Hard-hitting campaign reminds drivers to wear a seatbelt

Drivers in Renfrewshire are being urged to wear a seatbelt as new research reveals almost one in ten in Scotland drive without one.

A new hard-hitting campaign launched by The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland is urging drivers in Renfrewshire to wear a seatbelt and warns that not wearing one could cost them their lives.

Figures show 13 per cent of those killed on Scotland’s roads over the last five years were not wearing a seatbelt. Despite this, new research reveals that almost one in ten drivers always drive a car without wearing a seatbelt.

A survey found that drivers think drink-driving, drug-driving, using a phone while driving, driving while fatigued and driving aggressively are all ‘riskier’ than not wearing a seatbelt while driving.

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Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “Road safety is a priority for the Scottish Government and we know wearing a seatbelt is an important factor in reducing injuries and saving lives on our roads.

Transport minister Jenny Gilruth has warned Scots to prepare ahead of any journeys
Transport minister Jenny Gilruth
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“Not wearing your seatbelt can have serious consequences – for the driver, the passengers and for friends and family left behind if the worst happens.

“Make sure you wear your seatbelt – even on short journeys. It’s not just you who gets hurt.”

When it comes to considering the serious consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, the majority of drivers surveyed thought of themselves first and were concerned they might get seriously injured or die if they were involved in a collision.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock, head of road policing, said: “We urge drivers in Renfrewshire to wear their seatbelts during every journey.

“Wearing a seatbelt is not a choice, it’s the law and the evidence is clear that seatbelts save lives; it’s not just you that could get hurt if you don’t.

“Officers will focus on detecting those drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt. Enforcement action will be taken and those caught could be fined up to £500.

“We are also reminding drivers that it is their responsibility to ensure all passengers under 14 years of age wear a seatbelt and they can be fined for every child not properly restrained.”

The hard-hitting campaign will be running across TV, cinema, radio, digital and outdoor channels and will underline the impact of having a crash without a seatbelt can have on you and your loved ones.

For more information go to roadsafety.scot

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Daily Record – Paisley