• Always wear a seatbelt. In a crash you are twice as likely to die if you don’t. Source: Think!
  • Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds.
  • Wear your seatbelt correctly so it can offer you the best possible protection in a crash.
  • It is now widely accepted that wearing a seatbelt can reduce the intensity of an injury or even prevent death. The seat belts purpose is to hold a person down in the event of a crash and if worn correctly, limit and reduce the any injuries sustained and of course to prevent death where possible.
  • Unfortunately, there are still a number of people who forget to wear their seat belt in the front and a significant number who are not wearing their belt in the back of cars. During a five year period from January 2012 to the end of December 2016, 1,389 people were reported for not wearing a seat belt in Jersey (Source: SoJP)
  • The consequence of someone not wearing a seat belt in the front of the car are fairly obvious, the driver could be impaled or receive crush injuries from the steering wheel, the driver or front seat passenger could be thrown from the vehicle and statistically, there is a very high chance of death if you are thrown out of a car.
  • Forgetting to wear your seatbelt in the back of a vehicle, can not only potentially place the rear seat passenger in danger of serious injury or death but can also place others in the car in jeopardy also. A vehicle involved in a frontal impact collision coming to an abrupt stop from 30mph to zero, will mean that the unsecured passengers may be thrown into other occupants or parts of the vehicle at forces of up to 3.5 tonnes.
    Source: Department of Transport
  • An important factor in maintaining low rates of death and serious injury on our roads is by ensuring as many people as possible wear their seatbelts properly in the front and back of cars and children are properly secured in appropriate child restraints.



It is not only important to wear a seat belt when in a vehicle, but just as important to wear it correctly.


The belt must be adjusted so there is no undue slack or twists in the belt. The lap part of the belt must lie across the lap (not the stomach). The diagonal part should pass from the shoulder (not the neck) down to the breast bone and then the hip bone.



Make sure there is no undue slack or twists in the belt. The lap part of the belt should lie across the lap and under the bump. The diagonal part of the belt should pass from the shoulder (not neck) between the breasts and around the baby bump to the hip.



Wearing a seat belt in the front of a vehicle became a legal requirement (unless exempt) in Jersey in September 1985. It wasn’t until April 2009 that it became Law in Jersey for everyone travelling in the rear of a vehicle to also wear a seat belt. In Guernsey there is no legal requirement for rear seat belts for adults, but we would always advise wearing one, if it is available.

There are some exemptions under the Law to wearing a seat belt in Law, but our advice is if there is a seat belt available, make sure you always wear your seat belt and make sure it’s on correctly.

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