As part of our campaign aimed at drivers to “Belt Up, Hang Up, Ease Up, we are highlighting the use of child restraints in vehicles.
One of our Sergeants recently wrote to parents explaining the law around child restraints in vehicles. Sergeant Mike Templeman, who is a Response Sergeant based at Lincoln, has found children sat in footwells, sitting on laps of other passengers and unrestrained in vehicles.
He wants to share the information as wide as possible and include children too, so they know how to keep everyone safe. Below we have copied the details of the current legislation for keeping children safe in vehicles. Please do take the time to read and understand; it could save serious injury or even worse the life of a precious child.
Drivers are responsible for all the people in a vehicle and may face prosecution if a child under 14 is not safely fastened in.
In a crash you're twice as likely to die if you don't wear a seat belt.
The purpose of a seat belt is to keep adults and children in their seats during a crash
The seat belt is designed to work with other safety systems in vehicles to protect the occupant such as an air bag.
People are less likely to wear seat belts on short or familiar journeys - putting them at serious risk of injury in a crash.
Drivers caught without a seat belt face on the spot fines of £100. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.
Places occupants in real danger if not wearing one, they literally save lives and reduce the risk of death or serious injury.
Some insurance companies may decline to cover if involved in an RTC and not wearing a seat belt.
Sergeant Mike Templeman said:
“I have been asked on numerous occasions about the law regarding how children can be safely carried in a vehicle. I thought it would be useful to write to parents and now we’d like to reach grandparents and others who carry children in their vehicle, who may not have seen the letter. I hope this helps with any confusion around the subject.
“I can’t believe some of the risks drivers take in relation to children. Children are our most precious thing, and no amount of prosecution matches the guilt of them being injured or worse killed, when it could have been prevented.
“Please do not risk the safety of your children or prosecution if caught by the police, Let’s keep children safe and Lincolnshire’s road as safe as possible.”
Over the last 5 years 176 people have been issued with a fixed penalty notice for not having a child safely carried in a car:
Drive a vehicle not fitted with a rear seat belt with a child under 12 and not 150cm seated in the rear
Drive a vehicle with a child passenger seated in the rear aged 3 to 13 years not wearing a seat belt
Drive a vehicle with a child passenger under 3 years sat in the rear not wearing a seat belt
Drive a vehicle with a child under 14 years in the front seat not wearing a seat belt
Drive a vehicle with a child passenger aged 3 to 13 years sat in the rear and not wearing a seat belt