Younger drivers and passengers still unwilling to belt up
Road safety experts are urging drivers and passengers to put their seatbelts on before every journey, as worrying figures show that people are still failing to belt up.
The worst offenders are 17-34 year olds. Drivers who have just three to six years experience behind the wheel are the biggest risk at 26% while also being in the age group most likely to crash.
Road campaign Think! revealed that one in five back seat passengers don't wear a seatbelt, with 17% of young men under 30 most likely not to bother. One in 10 front seat occupants also avoid belting up.
Research has also revealed that drivers are far more likely not to belt up when travelling for short journeys, even though you're twice as likely to die without it on during an impact.
A £60 on-the-spot fine can be presented if you're caught without your belt on, or a maximum fine of £500 after prosecution.
What do you think? Is the punishment too lenient and what more could be done to instil seat belt safety into drivers?