Derbyshire police urge children to belt up

Police are urging drivers to make sure children are belted up after figures reveal that more youngsters are injured in collisions during the summer months.

They are also reminding drivers to be more vigilant as the number of young pedestrians hurt also increases in the summer.

In Derbyshire last August, 16 children were injured when the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in collisions and 14 young pedestrians were hurt.

Twenty passengers were injured during August 2009 and seven pedestrians.

In June 2010, before the summer holidays had begun, 13 young passengers and eight pedestrians were injured in collisions compared to 13 passengers and 12 pedestrians in June 2009.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “We believe more children are injured in the summer months because more families take to the roads on holiday. Similarly, there are a greater number of youngsters playing in the streets.

“We want to remind parents of the laws around using seatbelts and ask drivers to be more vigilant. Remember that there will be more children cycling in your neighbourhood or playing outdoors. Be aware that they may try to cross the road between parked cars or they may forget to look carefully before crossing the street.”

Children younger than 12 (or under 135cm tall) should use a seatbelt together with a baby seat, car seat or booster cushion. Youngsters over this age or height may use a belt without an additional seat.

For more information about the laws surrounding seatbelts, visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Yourchildshealthandsafety/Roadandtravelsafety