Monday 5 December 2016

'Don't be a killer, use your seatbelt' - Irish drivers warned to buckle up for the bank holiday weekend

David Kearns

Published 20/10/2015 | 15:36

Garda say that nearly a third of road deaths in 2015 involved a driver or passenger not waiting a seatbelt Photo: Twitter/@GardaTraffic)
Garda say that nearly a third of road deaths in 2015 involved a driver or passenger not waiting a seatbelt Photo: Twitter/@GardaTraffic)

Motorists have been reminded to buckle up this bank holiday weekend as more than a third of those killed on Irish roads in 2015 were not wearing seatbelts.

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Garda and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued an appeal to drivers and passengers to ensure they use a safety belt at all times.

They warn that in almost a third of fatal road collisions so far in 2015, no safety belt was worn.

“It is tragic to think that one third of drivers and passengers, who have lost their lives in road traffic collisions, were not wearing a safety belt at the time of the collision,” said Chief Superintendent Mark Curran, head of Garda National Traffic Bureau.

“We cannot say for definite, but things could have been very different in some of these collisions. Don’t let a simple mistake change your life, belt up every time.”

Chief Superintendent Curran continued, warning that nearly half of the 8000 fixed charge notices issued to drivers and passengers for not wearing a safety belt were given to those aged under the age of 40.

“It is startling to think in this day and age, anyone, especially the 20-39 age groups who have been exposed to huge road safety education over the past few years are choosing not to wear this simple but life saving device.”

He said that those aged between 20 to 39 accounted for 48 pc of road deaths in Ireland so far this year.

“Please see the merit in using your safety belt at all times. It saves lives and we cannot put it anymore simply.”

Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA added "Seatbelts are proven lifesavers. Without a seatbelt 3 out of 4 people will be killed or seriously injured in a 50 km/h head on crash.

“By not wearing a seatbelt you also risk becoming a killer yourself, because in a crash you will be thrown about inside the car, injuring or possibly killing others.”

Drivers risk three penalty points and fine of €60 if they are caught without their seatbelts.

Motorists who accumulate 12 penalty points over a three year period face being disqualified from driving for six month..

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