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‘Buckle up’, police say, ‘we’ll be watching’, as holiday weekend ends

With many returning home after the long weekend on Monday evening, police are appealing to everyone to comply with the highway code in order to avoid more deaths on the roads and remind drivers that from today until August 21 there will be a nationwide clampdown on those who don’t buckle up.

“The wearing of protective helmets for motorcyclists and the use of seat belts by drivers and car passengers must be a priority for everyone,” the force said in an announcement.

“Despite the tens of fatal and serious road collisions that occur each year, a number of drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and moped users still travel unsafely, thus putting their lives at risk.”

Citing figures as reported by CNA, police said that after a large number of checks in 2015 and the first half of 2016, they had booked 765 people for non-use of helmets. Last year that figure was 3,791 in total.

For seat belts, they said that in the first half of 2016 some 6,242 people, or 34 a day, were booked compared with 10,920 bookings in 2015, some 30 people a day.

Going a step further they released the following statistics.

Motorbike drivers and/or pillion passengers who died on the roads and who were not using a helmet:
2015: Total deaths 14 (of which 9 were not wearing helmets)
2014: Total deaths 14 (of which 8 were not wearing helmets)
2013: Total deaths 15 (of which 9 were not wearing helmets)
2012: Total deaths 17 (of which 9 were not wearing helmets)
2011: Total deaths 18 (of which 6 were not wearing helmets)

Car drivers or passengers who died on the roads and who were not wearing a seat belt:
2015: Total deaths 26 (of which 14 were not wearing a seat belt)
2014: Total deaths 20 (of which 11 were not wearing a seat belt)
2013: Total deaths 19 (of which 11 were not wearing a seat belt)
2012: Total deaths 23 (of which 18 were not wearing a seat belt)
2011: Total deaths 38 (of which 25 were not wearing a seat belt)

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