Number without seatbelts increases
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.