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More than 150 motorists in Norfolk and Suffolk fail to belt-up in week long police campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 October 2016

File photo of a person using a seatbelt. PIC: PA?Haydn West.

File photo of a person using a seatbelt. PIC: PA?Haydn West.

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More than 150 people were dealt with for not wearing a seat belt during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officers from the joint roads policing unit carried out checks on motorists and their passengers as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative.

In total 158 people were found not wearing a seat belt – 52 in Norfolk and 102 in Suffolk. In Norfolk 23 offences related to cars, 25 vans and four lorries. In Suffolk 48 related to cars, 47 vans, and 11 lorries.

Superintendent Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Not wearing a seat belt is one of the fatal four behaviours along with speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone that makes you more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision.

“Officers target this offence all year round but supporting the Europe-wide campaign allows us to raise awareness among drivers about the dangers of not belting-up.”

It is illegal not to wear a seat belt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seat belt or child restraint.

Anyone caught not wearing a seat belt may be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.


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