The major clampdown on seatbelt and child car-seat laws as part of a roll-out of seven new motoring offences over this bank holiday weekend was prompted by disturbing statistics which showed a sharp increase in the number of accident victims being thrown from cars in crashes.
Figures released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) last month showed that in the first six months of this year, 23 per cent of drivers and 29 per cent of passengers who were killed were not wearing seatbelts.
The RSA noted the sharp increase and relayed its concerns to the Government.
Drivers now face penalty points for 48 different motoring offences. Additional laws will mean anyone convicted for not wearing a seatbelt or having an unrestrained child under 17 in their car will be penalised with four penalty points and a fine of up to €90.