BRITISH drivers are still failing to buckle up when out on the road, according to new figures.
The shocking data revealed more than a quarter of people killed in road accidents last year weren’t wearing a seatbelt.
The Department for Transport found 27 per cent of the 1,793 people who died on UK roads in 2017 hadn’t been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Worryingly, the figure showed an increase of seven per cent on 2016.
The recent report suggested some 484 lives could have potentially been saved had motorists simply paid attention to basic road safety.
Motorists risk a £100 fine for failing to wear a seatbelt, which can increase to as much as £500 if the case goes to court.
A DfT spokesman said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and we are always looking at ways of making them safer.
“The number of deaths where people were not wearing a seatbelt is shocking.
“Up to one in four deaths in a car could have been prevented by simply plugging in before moving.”
Government’s Road Casualties in Great Britain report also revealed close to 4,000 drivers involved in an accident in 2017 failed a breath test, showing the highest rate since 2010.
But despite the increase, the number of motorists breath tested by police dropped.
Just 97,371 roadside alcohol tests were conducted in 2017, compared to just under 180,000 a decade ago in 2007.
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Recent Freedom of Information requests by AlcoSense Breathalysers found Government spent just £930,000 on drink drive campaigns in 2017-2018, marking a significant decrease in investment.
Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of AlcoSense and Advisor to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said: “Ten years ago, the Government invested over £3.5million in educating drivers about the dangers of drink driving.
“The spend is now just a quarter of that, so it’s not surprising that around 13% of all road deaths still involve at least one driver over the drink drive limit”.