Police catch more than 200 drivers without seatbelts in a week

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Police dealt with 225 people for not wearing seatbelts during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk last month.

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit conducted checks on motorists and their passengers throughout the counties in support of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement campaign, which ran from September 9-15.

All 225 people were adults – 121 in Norfolk received Fixed Penalty Notices of £100, whilst 104 in Suffolk received a ticket for failing to wear their seatbelt. All were drivers.

Included in these figures are 125 lorry drivers who were caught not wearing their seatbelt as part of Operation Wyken. Officers used an unmarked lorry to patrol dual carriageways, taking video evidence before officers in marked cars and on motorbikes stopped offending vehicles.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks 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, so I am disappointed that over 200 people decided not to bother with their belt. It is particularly concerning that 125 of those drivers were behind the wheel of heavy good vehicles on the counties’ fastest roads.

“Putting on your seatbelt takes seconds and can save your life in a crash. As well as risking their lives and the lives of other road users, those drivers who were caught without their belt on are £100 out of pocket.”

The joint Roads Policing Unit patrols Norfolk and Suffolk 365 days a year tackling the Fatal Four – not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, drink driving and driving whilst using a mobile phone.