Police target seatbelts

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AN AVERAGE of 9.4 motorists a day were caught in Suffolk not wearing their seatbelts during a week-long enforcement campaign by Suffolk Police.

During the campaign, 66 fixed penalty notices were issued for not wearing seatbelts and for not using appropriate child safety restraints.

But in a similar campaign in February, 186 fixed penalty notices were issued by Suffolk police, an average of 22.6 per day.

Inspector Bruce Gent, of the Roads Policing Unit, said the number of drivers caught is still too high.

He said: “The majority of car users are responsible people and listen to advice.

“Although fewer people were caught not wearing their seatbelt in relation to previous campaigns, 9.4 fixed penalty notices issued everyday is still too many, especially when you consider what a simple, yet vital thing it is to put on your seatbelt. Even on short journeys or at low speeds a seat belt must be worn.”