Police on Tuesday announced the results of a seatbelt campaign, saying they had reported over 700 people in the past week.
“As part of efforts being made to prevent and reduce road traffic collisions and particularly serious and fatal ones, a nationwide inspection campaign for seat belt use was carried out between November 21 and 27,” a statement said.
Police said that during the campaign, particular emphasis was given to the use of seatbelts in the back seats of vehicles, where they said use is a lot lower in comparison than with that in the front. Attention was also given to the use of child seats.
“The aim of the campaign was to achieve awareness of drivers and passengers of motor vehicles that on entering the vehicle, to wear a seatbelt, with a view to preventing and reducing serious and fatal injuries in road traffic collisions.”
In fatal accidents on the island during 2015, some 54 per cent of drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seatbelts, with the figure in the five year period to 2014 coming to 66 per cent.
Police said they made a total of 737 reports during the week, of which 27 concerned back seat use.