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TISPOL Seatbelt Campaign

08 Sep 2017 09:00 AM

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Starting at 00.00am on Monday September 11th and running through until 11.59pm on Sunday September 17th, Northumbria Police will be supporting a TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network) campaign aimed at seatbelt enforcement.

This campaign will highlight, not only the consequences if you don’t wear your seatbelt, but also encourage motorists to comply with seatbelt legislation which will contribute to reducing serious injury and fatalities on our roads.

It is also an opportunity to educate drivers on the fairly recent change in law regarding child seatbelts.

From 1st March 2017 the law now states:

“CHILDREN MUST NORMALLY USE A CHILD SEAT UNTIL THEY’RE 12 YEARS OLD OR 135 CM TALL, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. CHILDREN OVER 12 YEARS OF AGE OR MORE THAN 135CM TALL MUST WEAR A SEAT BELT”

Sergeant Matthew Sykes, Motor Patrols said: “It was identified that two in every three child car seats are not fitted properly across the UK and we as a police force have a responsibility to ensure drivers are fully aware of how to keep themselves and their families safe on the roads.

“This campaign is an excellent opportunity to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and what the consequences can be for you and others if you don’t.”

Under these new regulations the cushion booster seats will be restricted to older children. Only children who weigh 22kg or more, or 148cm tall will be recommended to use the booster seat.

For full details of the full legislation, when a child can travel without a car seat, fitting a child seat and types of child car seats click the link below www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules