Poll: More than 200 people caught not wearing a seatbelt in just seven days

Should fines for not wearing seatbelts be increased?

Should fines for not wearing seatbelts be increased? - Credit: PA

MORE than 200 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt in a week.

Suffolk and Norfolk police handed out £60 fines and tickets to 218 people for not wearing their seatbelt during a week-long enforcement campaign this month.

All 218 people were adults – 111 in Norfolk received Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of £60, while 107 in Suffolk received a ticket for failing to wear their seatbelt.

It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or child restraint.

Suffolk police chief inspector Chris Spinks said: “As previous fatal road traffic collisions have shown, failing to wear a seatbelt can have tragic consequences.


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“Seatbelts can be a major factor in reducing the likelihood of being killed or seriously injured and should not be underestimated.

“It is an effortless task that should be part of a routine before starting up a vehicle and quite simply can mean the difference between life and death.”

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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 will be issued with a £60 FPN.

What do you think of these figures? Do you wear a seatbelt?

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