More than 60 drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt in Suffolk

Police have found more than 60 people not using their seatbelt in Suffolk this week.

Police have found more than 60 people not using their seatbelt in Suffolk this week. - Credit: PA

Dozens of drivers have been caught not wearing a seatbelt as police in Suffolk continue with a week-long enforcement campaign.

Officers from the Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing Unit are carrying out checks on motorists and their passengers as part of the Europe-wide seatbelt enforcement initiative running until Sunday.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of how many collision-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented by the wearing of seatbelts and more than 60 drivers have been dealt with for the offence so far in both counties.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the roads policing unit, said he still found it hard to imagine why drivers take risks by not wearing a seatbelt.

He said: “The safety value in wearing a seatbelt is obvious; it’s shocking that in this day and age we still find people are prepared to take risks with their lives by not wearing one.

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“Putting on your seatbelt should be part of your routine before starting any journey no matter how short and its imperative driver’s make sure passengers belt up as well.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “I fully support the constabulary’s campaign to crack down on irresponsible drivers who still refuse to buckle up whilst driving.

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“I really cannot believe that anyone could set off in their vehicle without securing their seat-belt first and ensuring their passengers are doing the same.

“Statistics show you’re twice as likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt, so I just can’t understand why anyone would flout this law.”

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