Seatbelts save lives. Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that all passengers are wearing theirs. Even at low speed, the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt can be devastating.

Did you know?

  • 370 people are killed each year in road traffic accidents because they are not wearing a seatbelt
  • If you don't wear a seatbelt you are twice as likely to die in a crash
  • Since 1983, it has been a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt in a car.

Wearing a seatbelt

The law states:

  • That you must wear a seatbelt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted. There are very few exceptions to this
  • In buses and coaches where seatbelts are fitted, passengers aged 14 years and above must use them.

Child restraints and booster seats

Child restraints include baby seats, child restraints, booster seats and booster cushions. It is important that you get the right restraint for your baby or child. Remember it depends on the weight of the child, not their age.

The law states:

  • All children up to 135 centimetres tall, or the age of 12 (whichever comes first) in the front or rear seats in cars, vans, and other food vehicles, must travel in the correct restraint for their weight
  • A child can use an adult seatbelt when they reach 135 centimetres tall or their 12th birthday (whichever comes first)
  • Further information can be found on the Government website.

Further information can be found on the THINK! website.