Kerry drivers receive 1500 penalty points for seat belt offences

Kerry drivers have amassed over 1500 penalty points for seat belt offences so far this year. Of this, more than 1,300 points were given to drivers caught not wearing their own seat belts. In addition to this, a further 60 penalty points were awarded for failure to ensure a child was wearing a safety belt in the front seat and 90 for the same back seat offence. Drivers receive two penalty points for each seat belt offence. Four points are awarded to drivers for failure to ensure a child was in a child car seat in the front of a vehicle and one point is given for failure to do this in the rear of the car.Minister of State for Transport, Pat the Cope Gallagher and his Northern Ireland counterpart, Minister David Cairns met in Belfast yesterday to launch the eleventh cross-border road safety campaign commissioned jointly by the Road Safety Authority and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland. This road safety campaign unveiled a new hard-hitting TV advertising campaign to drive home the message that seatbelts and child restraints save lives. Backseat passengers aged 14-29 are the group least likely to use seatbelts. In fact, one in four does not use a seat belt, and while almost all children under five are appropriately restrained, fewer older children are.