‘If peo­ple saw the crash scenes, they’d belt up’

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A ROADS polic­ing chief, who of­ten reg­u­larly at­tends se­ri­ous crash scenes, has given his support to our seat­belt cam­paign.

Chief In­spec­tor Colin Clark, pic­tured, has in­sisted ev­ery­one would wear a seat­belt if they had seen first hand the con­se­quences of fail­ing to buckle up.

Ch Insp Clark from the joint op­er­a­tions unit for roads polic­ing, who is based in Amer­sham and Mil­ton Keynes, heads a team who in­ves­ti­gate road crashes.

He said: “Over the years, I have been to some hor­rific col­li­sions when peo­ple have not worn seat­belts. If peo­ple could see the crash scenes and see the af­fect not wear­ing a seat­belt can have when peo­ple are hurled through the wind­screen, they would wear it.”

He added: “I have got this in­ter­est and this pas­sion to make our roads safer. For each col­li­sion, I will in­ves­ti­gate to see what we can do.”

Since Ch Insp Clark be­gan his job 11 years ago, he has at­tended hun­dreds of car crash in­ci­dents in the area, 40 per cent of which have in­volved a fa­tal­ity.

The po­lice force took part in a week-long Euro­pean cam­paign at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber stop­ping peo­ple who were not wear­ing a seat­belt. It was or­gan­ised by TISPOL, the Euro­pean Traf­fic Po­lice Net­work.

Ch Insp Clark, a fa­ther-of-four, said: “I have at­tended col­li­sions where a driver, pas­sen­ger or child has not been wear­ing a seat­belt and they have re­ceived very se­ri­ous in­juries or have died.

“Sadly peo­ple are find­ing rea­sons to not wear a seat­belt, they think it is a short jour­ney, they are not used to it maybe. For me, it is au­to­matic.

“Peo­ple feel that be­cause of the airbag, the in­juries will be re­duced. The airbag is de­signed to work along­side seat­belts. When a ve­hi­cle is in an ac­ci­dent, it stops but the driver is still trav­el­ling if they are not wear­ing a seat­belt.”

The 52-year-old also has the job of go­ing to the house of the vic­tim’s next of kin and in­form­ing them of what has hap­pened.

He said: “Peo­ple are be­ing killed for not wear­ing a seat­belt, it is a safety de­vice and peo­ple are still will­ing to take the risk.”

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