Police crack down on drivers

THIRTY six people were caught not wearing seatbelts in just two days as part of a police crackdown on road safety.The campaign to reduce the numbers of casualties and improve road safety has so far seen two people charged with drink driving, 42 people cautioned for speeding and six vehicles reported to the DVLA for no tax disc.

THIRTY six people were caught not wearing seatbelts in just two days as part of a police crackdown on road safety.

The campaign to reduce the numbers of casualties and improve road safety has so far seen two people charged with drink driving, 42 people cautioned for speeding and six vehicles reported to the DVLA for no tax disc.

During the next few weeks officers will be stopping to check vehicles across the eastern area of Suffolk, including Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts, in a bid to tackle those who break road safety laws.

Inspector Sally Gallant, who has organised the days with support from neighbourhood inspectors, said: “It just shows how many people are still failing to comply with basic road safety measures.

“In just two days 36 people were found not be wearing a seatbelt. This is not only illegal- it could potentially cost you your life.

“We will continue to target those who commit driving offences but we will also continue to hope that those breaking the law get the message before they kill themselves or somebody else.”

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The first day was held in Felixstowe on Wednesday, September 5. Nicholas Fryer, 32, of Tayler Road, Hadleigh, and David Dugard, 54, of High Road, Trimley, were charged with drink driving and have since been sentenced in court.

Fryer and Dugard both pleaded guilty to drink driving charges at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on September 12 and September 14, respectively.

Fryer was fined £100, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified for 12 months and is set to undertake a drink driving referral course.

Dugard was disqualified from driving for 28 months and received a community order for four months. He will also attend the drink driving course. He was ordered to pay £65 costs.

Five people were given fixed penalty notices for speeding, five for parking infringements, and six for other offences, including failing to comply with traffic signs.

Officers also issued 15 no seatbelt fixed penalty notices, in addition to 21 previously issued by special constables on September 2, in support of the campaign.

Last year The Evening Star launched its light up, belt up, shut up campaign in a bid to raise awareness of road safety by urging motorists to wear their seatbelts, use their headlights on gloomy winter mornings and evenings and not to use handheld mobile phones while driving.

Do you think this campaign is effective? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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