Num­ber with­out seat­belts in­creases

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THE num­ber of peo­ple fined for driv­ing with­out a seat­belt more than dou­bled in Thames Val­ley be­tween 2009 and 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures, 4,327 driv­ers were given fixed penalty no­tices for seat­belt of­fences in 2009, with the num­ber ris­ing 133 per cent to 10,086 in 2013. So far 5,446 have been fined this year.

The data was ob­tained by LV= car in­surance from a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest.

Across Eng­land and Wales, nearly 180,000 fixed penalty no­tices were is­sued for seat­belt of­fences last year - a 17 per cent in­crease on the fig­ure for 2009.

A survey of 2,016 adults, in­clud­ing 1,578 driv­ers, showed that six per cent of driv­ers do not wear a seat­belt when driv­ing and nine per cent do not wear one when they are a front-seat pas­sen­ger. Nearly a quar­ter of driv­ers said they do not al­ways wear a belt when sit­ting in the back.

Nearly half mo­torists sur­veyed were un­aware they can be fined for not wear­ing a seat­belt.

Among those not wear­ing belts, older driv­ers said they were too re­strict­ing while younger ones said they some­times did not com­ply on short jour­neys.

Gov­ern­ment fig­ures show that 19 per cent of peo­ple killed in car ac­ci­dents last year were not wear­ing seat­belts.

It added that of th­ese, safety ex­perts es­ti­mated half would have sur­vived if they had been re­strained.

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