December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Police in Suffolk and Norfolk caught over 200 people not wearing seatbelts on the counties’ roads during a week-long crackdown.
Checks were made on motorists and their passengers between September 9 and 15 as part of a Europe-wide campaign.
And the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit caught 225 people, all adults who were driving, not wearing their seatbelts.
The 104 drivers in Suffolk received £100 Fixed Penalty Notices while the number of motorists getting a ticket in Norfolk was 121.
Included in the figures are 125 lorry drivers caught by officers using their own unmarked lorry to film and then stop offenders, with the help of marked cars and motorbikes, as part of Operation Wyken.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the Fatal Four driving behaviours that make you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision.
“It is particularly concerning that 125 of those drivers were behind the wheel of heavy goods vehicles on the counties’ fastest roads.
“Putting on your seatbelt takes seconds and can save your life in a crash. Those drivers who were caught without their belt on are £100 out of pocket.”