Officers to crack down on motorists driving without a seatbelt

Picture: Denise Bradley.

Picture: Denise Bradley. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Police are set to target drivers and passengers who don't wear their seatbelts during a week-long enforcement campaign.

Additional checks will be carried out by Suffolk Constabulary as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt initiative between Monday, March 12 and Sunday, March 18.

Anyone caught not wearing their seatbelt by the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit could be fined or face further action. During last September's campaign, 116 drivers were caught in Suffolk.

Chief inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Roads Policing Unit, said: 'Wearing a seatbelt is such a basic piece of road safety advice that it is hard to believe some people still fail to belt up.'

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, added: 'I fully support the campaign to crack down on irresponsible drivers who still refuse to buckle up whilst driving, but it amazes me that drivers should need to be reminded about something so obvious.'

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Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt 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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