Police urge parents to belt up their kids this summer

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

Officers are also reminding motorists to be more vigilant as the number of young pedestrians hurt also increases over the summer holidays.

A total of 16 children were injured when the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in collisions in August last year and 14 young pedestrians were hurt during the same period.

This compares to 20 passengers who 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.

Chf Insp Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, is urging motorists and passengers to take road safety seriously to help reduce accidents across the county.

“We believe more children are injured in the summer months because more families take to the roads on holiday,” he said. “Similarly, there are a greater number of youngsters playing in the streets so 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 or booster cushion. Youngsters over this age or height may use a belt without an additional seat.