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Facts

Seatbelts are simple. They save lives. Fact.

If you realise this, you're twice as likely to survive a serious crash and twice as likely to save your friends and family from facing the devastating consequences of you having such a crash.

For those who succumb to the social pressure not to wear a seatbelt, or for those who simply just chose to ignore the dangers, read on for the realities of this ignorance -

  • 3rd of people killed in car crashes on Kent's roads were not wearing their seatbelts, according to the latest figures from Kent County Council.
  • There were 54 fatalities as the result of crashes on the county's roads in 2015 and 31 of those involved the driver or their passengers, 11 of these fatally injured car occupants were found not have been wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collisions.
  • A crash at 30mph where the driver and passengers are wearing seatbelts would possibly result in minor injuries. Without seatbelts, it can produce serious physical injuries and death.
  • For those that feel seatbelts are uncomfortable or cause injury, the discomfort from being thrown through a windscreen, being pinned against a steering column or being crushed by another car is significantly worse.
  • You have a legal obligation to wear your seatbelt and to make sure all passengers under 14 years are wearing them too. Failing to do so can result in an on-the-spot fine of £100 or £500 if prosecuted.
  • Rear seat passengers are at just as much risk. In a 30mph impact, you would be thrown forward with a force of over 25 times your body weight.
  • Since 1983, when seatbelts first became compulsory, the Government estimates well over 60,000 deaths and 670,000 serious injuries have been prevented.
  • Over 70% crashes where people are killed or seriously injured occur on roads with a speed limit of 30 or 40mph.
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