More than 1,800 schoolchildren in Medway have been taught how important it is to wear a seatbelt – after between half and two thirds admitted to "never wearing one".
Medway’s road safety team has taken its ‘seatbelt sled’ – which simulates the effects of a road collision at just 5mph – to 30 primary schools across the district. Each pupil was given the opportunity to experience a crash on the sled in the hope that experiencing the impact of a low level crash will encourage children to buckle up in the future.
James Sutton, Medway’s principal road safety officer, said: “This is often the first time children will have experienced a low-impact collision but what we find is that between half and two thirds of pupils we speak to openly admit to not wearing a seatbelt.
“The seatbelt sled shows them just how important it is to wear a seatbelt on even a short journey as the most minor of crashes can have a devastating effect.
“Hopefully they can now set a good example to others, not just to their peers but mum and dad as well.”