More drivers are belting up

THE Courier's campaign to persuade motorists to belt up is paying dividends.

Surveys show the number of drivers breaking the law has halved in recent months.

It also emerged that the total number of accidents on Calderdale roads dropped to a record low of 944 last year – fewer than three a day.

Mohammed Najib (Lab, Park), chairman of Calderdale Council community services panel, said: "The Courier campaign has certainly helped to raise awareness about the dangers of driving without a seat belt. I hope that if we continue to highlight this, along with the serious consequences of dangerous driving, the number of road casualties will fall further in coming years.

"The death of just one person is one too many," he said.

The Courier joined forces with the police and Calderdale Council in July to highlight the importance of seatbelts after it was revealed that the local non-compliance rate was four times the national average.

Every year hundreds of drivers and passengers are injured or killed because they fail to belt up.

Last year, 703 vehicle occupants were injured, 61 of them fatally or seriously.

Acting Sgt Chris Boyd, of Calderdale Roads Policing Unit, said: "We will continue education and enforcement work together with our partner agencies to reduce the number of unroadworthy vehicles on our roads, and to reduce the high proportion of vehicle users who persistently put themselves, and their children, at risk by not wearing seatbelts."