Crackdown on people flouting seatbelt law

CRACKDOWN Police officers carrying out a check of motorists wearing seatbelts
CRACKDOWN Police officers carrying out a check of motorists wearing seatbelts
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POLICE are taking part in a Europe-wide crackdown on people who don’t wear a seatbelt when driving.

Hampshire’s roads policing unit will be out daily until Sunday looking for people failing to comply with the law.

And those caught not wearing one face a fine of up to £500.

Sgt Rob Heard, Hampshire’s road safety officer, said: ‘The campaign has been launched because research has shown that failure to wear a seatbelt is one of the main reasons why people die in road crashes.

‘A recent national roadside survey showed on average 95 per cent of people use a seatbelt but that’s still five per cent too many who aren’t. They are putting themselves and others in real danger. There are a few exceptions for people in certain circumstances but for the vast majority it’s essential they belt up to stay safe and avoid a hefty fine.

‘Drivers also need to realise it’s their responsibility to make sure children under 14 wear a seatbelt or use a suitable child restraint.

‘We will be handing out advice and fixed penalty notices to those we see breaking the seatbelt law.’

It has been law to wear a seatbelt since 1983 except in a few rare exceptions.