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Campaigners celebrate seatbelt law

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Campaigners have celebrated 30 years of driving legislation which has saved thousands of lives.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of laws which made it illegal to drive a car without wearing a seatbelt.

While many of us do wear a seatbelt, the THINK! campaign urged everyone to buckle up, no matter how short the journey is.

Cars have had seatbelts since 1965 but it was not for another 18 years that they were made compulsory for drivers, and now it is estimated they save around 2,000 lives each year.

According to the Department for Transport, soon after the law came into effect in 1983, 90% of car drivers and front-seat passengers were seen wearing seatbelts.

To mark the anniversary, the Government has made a selection of historic THINK! adverts available online.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: "Thousands of lives have been saved and countless injuries prevented over the years because drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts."

"The combination of effective enforcement and hard-hitting public awareness campaigns mean that, 30 years on, the vast majority of drivers and passengers buckle up when they get in their cars.

"But, unbelievably, there are still some people who do not use a seatbelt. My message to them is simple: a seatbelt could save your life and not wearing one is just not worth the risk."

published: 31/01/2013 17:00:00

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