Seatbelt clamp down in Suffolk

A CLAMP down on motorists who fail to wear a seatbelt has been launched by Suffolk police today.As part of a European seatbelt enforcement campaign, officers across Suffolk will be carrying out patrols looking for anyone not wearing a seatbelt or using the appropriate child restraints.

A CLAMP down on motorists who fail to wear a seat belt has been launched by Suffolk police today.

As part of a European seatbelt enforcement campaign, officers across Suffolk will be carrying out patrols looking for anyone not wearing a seatbelt or using the appropriate child restraints.

Suffolk police hope that the campaign, which begins today and will finish next Sunday, will help to reduce the number of deaths or serious injuries on the road as a result of people not wearing a seat belt.

Latest figures reveal that 12 people were killed and 20 people were seriously injured as a result of not wearing a seatbelt in the last year alone.

Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith of roads policing and support, said: “Most people are aware that the law requires them to wear a seat belt, but despite this we still see many people who choose to ignore the law and put their own lives at risk.

“It's a simple decision: putting on your seatbelt takes less than 30 seconds, not wearing a seatbelt can lead to serious injury or even death.”

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In July, 529 people in Suffolk were stopped and issued with a penalty notices for failing to belt up.

Failure to wear a seatbelt carries a fine of £500.