Local officer Constable Dale Wewege says Mangawhai appears to have a relaxed attitude when it comes to safety-belt use.
“A large amount of people being hurt or killed in car accidents involves passengers and drivers not wearing safety-belts,” he says. “Even if you’re in the back seat, you could still become a projectile if there is an accident and seriously hurt a passenger in the front seat.”
Drivers are responsible for any young passengers under 15 years old in their vehicle and are liable to be fined $150 if young travellers are not wearing a safety-belt. Passengers 15 years and over who are not belted up will be issued the fine.
“And just because the campaign runs through August does not mean you don’t use seatbelts once the month is over,” Wewege warns.
- REPORTING/Julia Wade