Passengers over the age of 14 are responsible for wearing their own seatbelt
and can face prosecution if they don't.
Inspector Wendy Tinkler, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: "If you travel in a vehicle and fail to wear a seatbelt
you are putting yourself and potentially others at a hugely increased risk of serious injury or death.
In an instant, the seatbelts
go to work; a pre-tensioner pulls the belt slack tight, the load limiter absorbs the pressure on the passenger, all while the webbing and latch of the belt holds tight.
Chief Inspector Martyn Stone, of South Wales Police Specialist Operations, said: "Wearing a seatbelt
is the law and only takes seconds.
A motorist caught not wearing a seatbelt
faces a Dhs400 fine and will have four black points added to their driving licence.
Recently, we attended a serious collision on the M6 where a young lady who wasn't wearing her seatbelt
was thrown from her vehicle, which resulted in her sustaining very serious injuries.
Our campaign is very focused; this time we are aiming to carry out effective, well-enforced seatbelt
behaviour to ensure that every person in every seat buckles up on every trip.
Although none of the seven patients who sustained serious injuries had been using a seatbelt
, there was no statistically significant difference between use of seatbelts
and being seriously injured (OR 0.
The area with the most offenders was Dyfed Powys, where 1,027 adults and 12 children were caught without a seatbelt
Seven people were killed and thirty six were seriously injured last year, as a result of not wearing a seatbelt
The official urged motorists to wear their seatbelts
regardless of how long or short their road trip is, as these devices are very effective in protecting drivers and passengers from facing the full impact of a collision.
It is the law for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle to wear their seatbelt
and national research has shown that seatbelts
are about 60 per cent effective at preventing fatal injuries and 32 per cent effective at preventing serious injuries.