New shocking statistics reveal a large percentage of people would support a law, for drivers to receive penalty points if they’re found driving without a seatbelt.
In the survey – carried out by Direct Line – seven out of ten Britons are backing penalty points being handed out, which is already the case in Northern Ireland.
Currently, driving without a seatbelt can result in a fine of £100 but the maximum is £500 if it goes to court.
Road Safety Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Failure to wear a seat belt is illegal and dangerous, and can have devastating consequences.
The survey reveals a staggering 58% of people would be happy with 3 points, however 30% believe that it should be 6 points, which is the same as using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Shahidah Parveen, 48, Leeds resident said: “Seatbelts are key in car safety and I support the penalty point law, I think there are far too many reckless drivers out there and wearing a seatbelt can save your life.”
In 2017 more than a quarter of 787 people who died in car crashes in Britain were found not to be buckled up.
This of course causes a lot of deaths as suggested by AA President Edmund King who said: “It is surprising that drivers haven’t learnt lessons from the most high-profile and tragic car crash case of all-time, where Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul all died without wearing seat belts.”
Wearing seatbelts is not just beneficial for the individual but it also protects them from harming other passengers in the car, if enough force is exerted in an accident.
Gus Park, Managing director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line, said:“It may not prevent collisions, but it can and does prevent death and serious injury.”