Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Drivers who don't wear a seatbelt, use their phones or speed will be the focus of a campaign next week.

The week-long campaign will promote safer driving and is let by the Road Policing Division with support from Safety Camera Units.

The event will start tomorrow (Saturday 9 November) and run until Friday 15 November.

In particular, officers want to highlight the importance of wearing a seatbelt in the front and rear, regardless of the type of vehicle you are in.

Figures reveal that in 2017, 27% of people who died in cars in Britain were not wearing a seatbelt.

Recent statistics for road casualties in 2018 highlight that driver error or reaction was reported in 65% of all reported crashes in 2018, travelling too fast was a factor in 16% of fatal crashes and driving while using a mobile phone was a factor in five fatal crashes.

Chief Inspector Simon Bradshaw said: “We know that using a mobile phone, driving while distracted, travelling at inappropriate speeds and not wearing a seatbelt are significant factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.

This is why we take the matter seriously as they are avoidable, which makes it all the more tragic when people are killed in road crashes under these circumstances.

“Police Scotland works closely with other road safety agencies and partners to highlight the importance of driving safely but we cannot do this alone. We need motorists to take road safety seriously and to change their behaviour.

“We will interact with drivers through education to influence behaviour but where necessary, we will take enforcement action.”

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