Data collected from police forces in England, Scotland and Wales has shown worrying trends and that there has been a rise in the number of people not wearing seatbelts in cars.

Wearing a seatbelt in the UK is compulsory by law and anyone caught not wearing one can receive an on the spot fine of £60. Nearly 180,000 fines were handed out to people for not wearing a seatbelt last year; that’s an increase of 17% compared to data from 2009. A further 80,000 have also been fined this year so far.

A survey conducted in the UK found that 6% of people admitted to not wearing a seatbelt whilst they were driving and 1 in 10 people do not use a seatbelt when they are a passenger in the front of a car.

Wearing a seatbelt can greatly reduce the risks of sustaining serious injuries if you are involved in a car crash. Not only do they minimise the risk of contact between the driver and passengers to the inside of the car, but they also reduce the risks of being ejected from the car upon impact. Some studies have found that wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of fatalities in a car crash by up to 50%. For example, if you’re involved in a car accident at a speed of 30mph and are not wearing a seatbelt you could be thrown with a force of 30-60 times your own body weight.

Sarah Moore, a solicitor at Freeclaim Solicitors, who has a wide experience in serious road traffic accidents commented, “People need to realise the serious consequences of not wearing a seatbelt. It is imperative that both drivers and passengers buckle up when they get into a car. The simple message is: seatbelts save lives, use them.”

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Published: 23th October 2014