Up to 10% of parents are putting their children at risk by not ensuring they wear seatbelts on the journey to school, a new survey has discovered.
Despite it being a legal requirement, spot checks near schools revealed that a high number of parents were ignoring national seatbelt safety requirements.
“As a group we are collectively very surprised at the figures – the vast majority of cars we looked at were on the school run,” explained Mark Naylor, chair of the Scarborough and Ryedale Road Safety Group (made up ofRyedale District Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Police). “The worry now is this mindset is going to be passed on to another generation.”
To increase the clout behind the regulations, police have been visiting local schools to give presentations to students, often using people whose lives have been affected by road accidents.
The results come in the middle of Walk to School month, which encourages children to get active rather than driving the short distance to school. Keep your children safe by teaching them the rules of the road before they leave the house, and if they’re on a bike, make sure they know how to cycle safely.