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Stay Safe This Summer: Wear Your Seatbelt

July 17, 2014

As summer continues to unfold, giddy travellers journey en masse to their favourite holiday spots in hopes of some sunny relaxation. This migration spreads all over the globe, with holidaymakers trekking by boat, plane and car. When you drive this summer, remember to wear your seatbelt to keep yourself and your passengers safe from the increased risk of car crashes caused by the massive number of people driving on holiday.

Wearing your seatbelt is the law throughout the UK—all drivers have been required to wear their seatbelts since 1983, and all rear-seat occupants since 1991. Drivers caught without their seatbelts face on-the-spot fines of £100, and, if prosecuted, a maximum fine of £500. Make sure you also wear your seatbelt when driving in other countries, as many of them also have legislation requiring the use of seatbelts.

Neglecting to wear your seatbelt is not only against the law—it could also be deadly. In the average car crash, you are twice as likely to die if you do not wear a seatbelt, according to the Department for Transport.

Even at low speeds or on short journeys, the decision to forgo your seatbelt can still cause serious injuries or even fatalities. To see the devastating effects of a car crash without wearing a seatbelt, visit think.direct.gov.uk/seat-belts.html.

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