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Buckle up! Figures reveal 11 died on Kent’s roads in most recent statistics while not wearing a seatbelt in car they were travelling in

PUBLISHED: 09:25 15 March 2017

Seatbelts can save lives

Seatbelts can save lives

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Campaign designed to remind people of how the basic safety device can literally save lives

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Over a third of people killed in car crashes on Kent’s roads were not wearing their seatbelts, according to figures from Kent County Council.

And that has prompted a stark reminder to motorists of the dangers of failing to buckle up on the county’s roads.

According to the figures compiled by the KCC Road Safety Team, 54 people were killed as the result of crashes on the county’s roads in 2015 and 31 of these were the driver or a passenger - 11 of those killed were found not to have been wearing their seatbelts.

The figures have been released to coincide with a KCC campaign urging people to always make sure they wear the essential safety device.

KCC cabinet member for environment and transport Matthew Balfour said: “There’s no excuse for people to not use them every time they get in the vehicle.

“Seatbelts have been compulsory since 1983 and people have a legal duty to ensure they are wearing one.

“For those that feel seatbelts are uncomfortable or cause injury, the discomfort from being thrown through a windscreen, being pinned against a steering wheel or being crushed by another car is significantly worse.

“It’s worrying to find that more than a third of people who have died on Kent’s roads were not wearing a seatbelt.

“Over 70 per cent of the crashes where people are killed or seriously injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or 40mph.

“Seatbelts are simple. They save lives.”

Research carried out by KCC also revealed 99 per cent of those questioned in a county-wide survey of motorists said they were aware of the need to wear seatbelts, even if the vehicle they are travelling in is fitted with airbags.

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