Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Police support campaign to cut road fatalities

PUBLISHED: 09:42 12 September 2012

Busy summer for police in North Devon.

Busy summer for police in North Devon.

Archant

Force aims to cut fatalities by 40 per cent by 2020 as it urges car users to wear seatbelts.

POLICE in North Devon are promoting a European wide campaign to cut road fatalities by 40 per cent by 2020.

Officers will be working to encourage drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, after a study of 1,059 victims of car crashes showed 21 per cent were not wearing seatbelts.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Drivers and passengers aged between 17 and 34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate.

“People are less likely to use seat belts on short or familiar journeys, putting themselves at serious risk of injury in a crash.

“Evidence shows that one life a day could be saved if all vehicle occupants wore a seatbelt, or suitable in-vehicle restraint.”

Police across the area will be working closely with local road casualty reduction officers and anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt will be fined £60.

The initiative is organised by the European traffic police network, TISPOL.

Other News Stories

08:43

Firefighters from South Molton tackle the blaze involving a wood burning stove

Read more

A new tanning salon, offering sun beds, sun showers and spray tans, has opened in Market Street in Barnstaple.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:03

‘The surf was well over head height’ - RNLI Jack Hutchens reacts quickly to save a body boarder at Croyde beach

Read more
Yesterday, 18:22

Always wanted to try Butterbeer? A special Harry Potter-inspired freakshake is launching at Tooters Diner in Barnstaple tomorrow, and we went to have a sneak preview...

Read more
Yesterday, 17:59

Friday afternoon crash in East Street

Read more
Yesterday, 16:19

With Storm Brian set to batter North Devon, would-be wave watchers are advised to stay well away from the water and big waves

Read more
Yesterday, 14:36

North Devon prepares for gusts of 60-70mph and swells of 16-26ft as Storm Brian gets ready to unleash his wrath on the region tomorrow (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:02

North Devon Foodfest is returning to Barnstaple Pannier Market this Sunday and promises a feast for all the senses with local produce and chef demos.

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications