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Remember 'clunk, click, every trip'

PUBLISHED: 11:19 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

SENIOR police chiefs in Suffolk have this week united to remind motorists of the importance of wearing a seatbelt every time they travel in their cars.

SENIOR police chiefs in Suffolk have this week united to remind motorists of the importance of wearing a seatbelt every time they travel in their cars.

The important message has been delivered just weeks after figures revealed that almost 1,200 drivers have been caught not wearing a seatbelt on the county's roads in just over two months.

Since September 1, police officers have been positioning themselves at various hotspots throughout the county, clamping down on motorists who have not been wearing their seatbelts, have been using their mobile phones, speeding or drink driving.

And earlier this month, the Suffolk Roadsafe Board - consisting of police chiefs, the county council and emergency services - revealed that a total of 2,165 traffic offences had been committed by November 5, including a worrying 1,176 people caught without their seatbelt.

As a result, senior police chiefs have come forward to remind people of the importance of wearing a seatbelt and remind them that someone not wearing a seat belt is twice as likely to die in a crash as someone using one.

Inspector Alex Morrison said: “Our aim is to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the road. We are here to enforce and educate, delivering the message that what they are doing is dangerous.”

Since 1983, seatbelts have saved an estimated 60,000 lives and 670,000 serious injuries across Britain. Despite this, a number of people still do not wear seatbelts and nearly 300 lives would have almost certainly been saved last year alone if all car occupants had been wearing a seatbelt. In Suffolk, it is believed that 12 lives could have been saved last year if a seatbelt was used.

Acting Superintendent Martin Barnes-Smith said: “Those people said it won't happen to me, but then their family get a knock on the door. The modern car is getting as safe as possible, but it is designed around the occupants wearing a seatbelt. It is not going to prevent a crash but it will help you survive.”

PC Paul Fletcher, traffic officer and family liaison officer, believes that drivers must see wearing a seatbelt as a part of their daily routine.

“People think we are wrong to stop them, but we've seen what happens all because they're not wearing seatbelts. There used to be a campaign 'clunk, click, every trip', and that is what we need to get back to,” he said.

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