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Crackdown on motorists in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 10:24 05 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:36 06 July 2010

A WEEK-long crackdown on motorists who fail to wear seatbelts led to 15 people receiving fixed penalty notices in Lowestoft.

A clampdown on drivers not fastening their belts or failing to use the appropriate child restraints was launched across Suffolk last month as part of a European seatbelt enforcement campaign.

A WEEK-long crackdown on motorists who fail to wear seatbelts led to 15 people receiving fixed penalty notices in Lowestoft.

A clampdown on drivers not fastening their belts or failing to use the appropriate child restraints was launched across Suffolk last month as part of a European seatbelt enforcement campaign.

With officers deployed across the county during the crackdown between Monday, February 15 and Sunday, February 21, more than 100 people were issued with FPNs.

Of the 101 fixed penalty notices handed out - an average of nearly 14.5 per day - 94 were given for a driver not wearing a seatbelt and seven related to a passenger.

All the notices issued were given to adults, and each was ordered to pay an instant £60 fine.

This year's figure also show a slight increase on a similar campaign run in September last year, where 92 fixed penalty notices were issued, equating to an average of just over 13 per day.

Chief Inspector Mike Bacon, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: “The results of this campaign make it all too apparent that there are still too many people that are ignoring road safety messages. It is disappointing that so many fixed penalty notices were issued, one person knowingly taking a risk like this is too many, let alone 101.”

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