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How did your county do when it comes to not wearing seatbelts?

The Road Safety Authority have released figures showing the number of drivers per county who were given penalty points for seatbelt offences.

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DRIVERS FROM DUBLIN are the worst offenders when it comes to not wearing their seatbelts.

The capital city is followed by drivers in Cork, Wexford and Galway.

Since 2003, when penalty points came into effect for those not wearing seatbelts, over 2,666 drivers in Dublin have been  awarded penalty points for not wearing a seatbelt while driving.

County Leitrim had the lowest rate, with just 63 drivers caught for not wearing their seatbelt while driving since 2003.

Over 1,952 drivers in Cork and over 1,118 in Wexford. More than 832 drivers in Galway were also caught.

However, it is important to clarify that these are the overall figures from each county – to see how your county faired in seatbelt offences, click the link to the chart below.

Children

Figures from the Road Safety Authority show that since 2003, in Dublin alone, 76 drivers have been given penalty points for not restraining a child under three-years-old in a car.

In Cork, 35 drivers were caught for this offence, 22 in Wexford and 17 in Limerick.

More than 176 drivers have received penalty points in Dublin for not restraining a child in the rear passenger seat, while 77 were caught in Cork.

Speaking yesterday about the gardaí’s focus on seat belt wearing this bank holiday weekend, Chief Superintendent Michael O’ Sullivan said that so many lives could be spared if people would just buckle up, adding that the figures where people are not restraining their children in the car, is “alarming”.

“Over 8,000 points for drivers who have not restrained their children in the car – you wonder where the logic is there,” he said.

Here is the chart breaking down by county the seating belt offences since 2003 – click here.

Read: Over 8,400 drivers caught not putting seatbelts on children>

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