“Disturbing” number of people caught not wearing seatbelt

Just Regional
Mar 18, 2015 2 mins read

More than 400 people were dealt with for not wearing their seatbelt during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officers from the joint roads policing unit carried out checks on motorists and their passengers as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative running from Monday 9 March to Sunday 15 March.

In total 426 people were found not wearing a seatbelt – 233 in Norfolk and 193 in Suffolk, a large increase from the 97 drivers caught in the last campaign held in September 2014.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, described the increase as “disturbing”.

“The safety value in wearing a seatbelt is obvious and quite frankly it is disturbing to see so many drivers and passenger taking such risks with their lives in this way.”

Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the ‘fatal four’ behaviours along with speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone that makes you more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision.

Ch Insp Chris Spinks added: “Putting on your seatbelt should part of your routine before commencing any journey no matter how short and its imperative driver’s make sure passengers belt up as well.

“Keeping our roads safe is day-to-day business for us and officers will continue to target those who break the law.”


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