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