If you forget to wear your seatbelt just that once …Who are you prepared to kill? By playing this video you are agreeing that you are 15 years or over
The overall rate for seatbelt wearing in Northern Ireland is 98 percent. However, there are still occasions when people don’t wear a seatbelt.
During 2012 seven people who weren’t wearing their seatbelts were killed. Their lives could have been saved.
- Always wear your seatbelt – you are less likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash.
- If you don’t wear your seatbelt, in a crash you could kill or seriously injure the other people with you in the vehicle as well as yourself.
- Always wear your seatbelt correctly – over your shoulder and across your hips.
- Don’t wear your seatbelt under your arm – it could cut through your vital organs in a crash.
- The driver is legally responsible for making sure all passengers under 14 always wear a seatbelt or sit in an approved child restraint when required (The Highway Code NI Rule 100). In a crash at 30mph a child who is not wearing a seatbelt or a legal child restraint will become a human missile.
Melissa - Spinal Injury Victim
In 2002, when Melissa was 19, she was a back seat passenger in a car that crashed.
The car was a wreck but the three other people who were wearing seatbelts walked away with no serious injuries.
Melissa always wore her seatbelt, but this once she was tired and took it off to lie down across the back seat.