Since Monday (March 10th) there has been a European-wide enforcement campaign aimed at ensuring drivers and passengers within vehicles are wearing seatbelts.
By law, all adults travelling in vehicles must wear a seatbelt where one if available, whilst all children aged 12 years old and over, or over the height of 135cm must also wear a seatbelt; those under 135cm or younger than 12 years old must have adequate child restraints.
Failure to wear a seatbelt whilst travelling in a vehicle, and ensuring those children under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt / child restraints, can result in a fixed penalty fine of £100.
As part of the European-wide enforcement campaign, in addition to making drivers aware of the fixed penalty fine they face for failure to wear a seatbelt, the campaign is also highlighting how many crash related injuries could be prevented by wearing a seatbelt.
Under the campaign, police within Derbyshire fined 27 drivers in one day, after they were caught without a seatbelt; without being exempt under the limit legislation available, which includes having a Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seatbelt Wearing from a doctor.
As road traffic solicitors in Yorkshire, we are experienced in assisting those drivers who wish to challenge a charge of not wearing a seatbelt; and through our experience we are able to provide drivers with specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving a licence, wherever possible.