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Seat Belts

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for not wearing seat belts in each of the last five years. (92888)

Data for prosecutions for not wearing a seatbelt include both drivers and passengers. Table 1 provides the number of prosecutions for the offences of failing to wear a seatbelt and carrying a child under 14 years without a seatbelt.

Data covers the calendar years 2000 to 2004, the latter being the most up-to-date available at present. It should be noted that data are collated on the principal offence rule, thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Table 1: Prosecutions for failing to wear a seatbelt 2000-041

Failure to wear seatbelt2

Carrying child under 14 years without a seatbelt3

Total

2000

38

5

43

2001

54

4

58

2002

47

3

50

2003

49

8

57

2004

68

10

78

1 Data for 2004 are provisional. 2 Prosecution data cannot be disaggregated for drivers and passengers and the figures for ‘failing to wear seatbelt’ include both these categories. 3 Includes ‘carrying child under 14 years without seatbelt (front)’ and ‘carrying child under 14 years without seatbelt (rear)’.