Police operation: seatbelt enforcement checks to take place across Europe next week (11 – 17 March 2019

Published Fri, 08/03/2019 - 06:53

POLICE OFFICERS in 28 countries across Europe will be conducting seatbelt checks throughout the week of 11 to 17 March. Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. The action is part of a Europe-wide operation co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which takes place throughout next week.


As well as ensuring that seatbelts are worn, officers will also be checking for correctly-fitted child restraints and compliant helmet use among motorcyclists.


TISPOL President Paolo Cestra says: “Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task; it’s also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That’s why not wearing a seatbelt is against the law. It is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers everywhere. 


“As well as the legal choice, wearing a seatbelt is also the safe choice. Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45 per cent for drivers and front seat occupants. They also reduce the risk of serious injury by 50 per cent.


“Yet there are still drivers and passengers who for whatever reason do not use a seatbelt.


“We thank the vast majority of drivers for making the right decision to maximise their protection by always wearing a seatbelt.


“We urge drivers willing to risk making journeys without a seatbelt to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers. After all, the use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions.”


During a similar operation across Europe in March 2018, more than 100,000 seatbelt offences were detected.