Seatbelts

The Facts

  • It only takes seconds to put on a seatbelt. But it’s a simple act that could save your life.
  • The risk of fatal injury is reduced by half when you belt up.
  • Yet every year, police in Scotland still find around 27,000 people who are not wearing a seatbelt.

Risk of fatal injury reduced by 50% when wearing a seatbelt.

The Risks

  • Apart from being dangerous, it is illegal not to wear your seatbelt while travelling.
  • You could be fined between £100 to £500.
  • As the driver, it’s your responsibility to ensure children under 14 are wearing a seatbelt.
  • If they’re not strapped in, you face a £100 fine for each unrestrained child.
  • Your seat belt also protects other passengers. Without a seatbelt, a crash at 30mph will propel your body forward at up to 60 times your body weight – right into whatever or whoever may be front of you.

Department of Transport

The Department of Transport has studied the impact of car accidents and injuries.

Related resources

Document

07 February 2012

Seatbelt Poster

Poster emphasising the need for the correct use of seatbelts.

Document

07 February 2012

Seatbelt Poster Arabic

Arabic version poster emphasising the need for the correct use of seatbelts.

Document

07 February 2012

Seatbelt Poster Chinese

Chinese version poster emphasising the need for the correct use of seatbelts.