Police “disturbed” by four-fold increase in people not wearing seatbelts in Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 08:18 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:43 19 March 2015

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk have been targetting passengers who dont belt-up.

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk have been targetting passengers who dont belt-up.

More than 400 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt during a week-long campaign by police in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officers from the joint roads policing unit carried out checks on motorists and passengers from Monday March 9 to Sunday March 15.

A total of 426 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt – 233 in Norfolk and 193 in Suffolk.

That was a huge increase from the 97 drivers caught in the last seatbelt campaign held in September 2014.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, described the increase as “disturbing”.

“The safety value in wearing a seatbelt is obvious and quite frankly it is disturbing to see so many drivers and passenger taking such risks with their lives in this way.”

Not wearing a seatbelt is described by police as 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.

Ch Insp Spinks added: “Putting on your seatbelt should part of your routine before commencing any journey no matter how short and its imperative driver’s make sure passengers belt up as well.

“Keeping our roads safe is day-to-day business for us and officers will continue to target those who break the law.”

It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt could be issued given a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

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