Police force covering Milton Keynes backs national seat belt campaign

Thames Valley Police officers will be carrying out education and enforcement activity throughout this week of action.

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Contabulary’s Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit is supporting the NPCC’s National Seatbelt Campaign this week.

Since 1983, it has been compulsory for drivers to wear a seatbelt and since 1991 for passengers.

Police say it could be the difference between sustaining minor injuries in a collision or serious, potentially fatal, injuries.

This week, officers will be carrying out education and enforcement activity throughout this week of action.

Road Safety Sergeant Dave Hazlett, said: “Wearing a seatbelt is the law, it is not a choice, and it saves lives.

“Our Roads Policing officers have seen first-hand the devastating consequences that can result from not wearing a seatbelt.

“Research has shown that many collisions happen at a low speed, within a few miles of home and that if you are involved in a collision and are not wearing a seatbelt, you could hit the windscreen at a force of 30 to 60 times your body weight.

“Please wear a seatbelt every journey, it is not worth the risk.”