Nearly a quarter of vehicle fatalities were not wearing a seatbelt

New figures from the Department for Transport confirms that people who do not wear seatbelts are disproportionately more likely to die in road crashes.

It says that, while seatbelt wearing rates remain high overall, the latest road casualty statistics for 2020 show that 23% of car occupant fatalities in reported road collisions were not wearing a seatbelt.

A roadside observation survey commissioned jointly between Transport Scotland and Department for Transport, suggests that in Great Britain in 2021, 1% of drivers were observed using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving on weekdays, of which, 0.6% were observed holding the phone to their ear and 0.4% holding the phone in their hand.

For seatbelts, on weekdays in Great Britain, 94.8% of drivers were observed using a seatbelt, with 94.6% of front seat passengers were observed and 91.5% of rear seat passengers.

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