Not wearing a seatbelt can have big consequences. Your friends’ and family’s lives could all be affected. So, don’t ever skip it – even for short journeys.

Here are the statistics

60%

Wearing a seatbelt reduces both fatal and non-fatal injuries by 60% among front seat passengers
(source: https://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Report-4.pdf)

44%

Wearing a seatbelt reduces both fatal and non-fatal injuries by 44% among rear seat passengers
(source: https://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Report-4.pdf)

75%

Only 75% of drivers considered not wearing a seatbelt as ‘very serious’, well below the 93% who consider drink driving and drug driving to be ‘very serious’.
(source: RITS February 2021 data)

IT’S NOT JUST YOU THAT GETS HURT.

What would your family and friends say to your ‘poor excuses’ for not wearing a seatbelt?

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Mum

Bestie

Sis

Big Jim

Mum

"Just got a £100 fine, more like"

Bestie

"Just hold on; if you die who’ll go on nights out with me?"

Sis

"Just selfish. What about your family?"

Big Jim

"Just nothing. We need you alive and able to cat-sit for us."

Mum

"Well, we really need you! Take care and be sensible for us!"

Bestie

"Let’s have many years ahead too, mate."

Sis

"Been trying to get yourself a £100 fine, more like."

Big Jim

"Been lucky so far then. But think of your family."

Mum

"Who all love you and want you alive and well."

Bestie

"You’ll get a £100 fine; we could spend that better on a night out."

Sis

"Aye, and who’ll give me a lift if you’re not here?! Wear a seatbelt!"

Big Jim

"Unless you have superman with you, it doesn’t make a difference."

Mum

"There’s rubbish drivers out there too. You need to keep yourself safe from them too, love."

Bestie

"And you’re good at keeping my head screwed on. Be careful, mate."

Sis

"And I’m a good statistician. Seatbelts reduce front-seat injuries and fatalities by 60%*"

Big Jim

"You’re a good mate too, and I don’t want to lose you."

Mum

"Your family and friends think you’re worth the effort."

Bestie

"The times we have ahead are worth a lot to me."

Sis

"It’s not worth the £100 fine."

Big Jim

"Protecting all our future football and gig laughs together? Worth it!"

Mum

"I can hear my heart racing as I think about losing you."

Bestie

"This’ll silence you; 13%** of deaths on Scottish roads involve people not wearing a seatbelt."

** In Scotland, for the period 2014-2018, 13% of in-car fatalities in Scotland were not wearing seatbelts - https://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Report-4.pdf

Sis

"You wouldn’t be quiet if you got a £100 fine!"

Big Jim

"It’d be quiet nights in without you to grab pizza with."

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The Facts

  • On average 13%* of those killed on roads in Scotland over the last five years were not wearing a seatbelt
  • If you are caught not wearing a seatbelt you could be fined up to £500.
  • A driver can also be fined for every child under 14 found not properly restrained

*https://www.pacts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Report-4.pdf

If you are caught not wearing a seatbelt you could be fined up to £500.

To wear or not to wear…

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