Sussex Police launch seat belt spot checks

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DRIVERS and passengers who fail to wear their seat belts are being targeted in a campaign by police.

Police in West Sussex are carrying out checks in marked and unmarked vehicles throughout this week.

Temporary Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from the Road Policing Unit, said: ‘Not only are drivers and passengers involved in crashes who wear seat belts far less likely to sustain serious or fatal injuries, you are also breaking the law if you don’t wear one.

‘If you are caught without a seat belt you can expect to be stopped and fined up to £500 if you do not have a valid excuse.

‘Wearing a seat belt is a very simple action which drivers and passengers can carry out to increase their safety on the roads. As part of the campaign we will also be educating people about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.’