Police to crack down on seat belt-less drivers

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The police have started a campaign to tackle the continued problem of people not wearing seat belts.

The campaign will focus on all car occupants who are not restrained correctly in accordance to the law.

The campaign began yesterday, Monday 12 and involves all police forces across Europe carrying out seat belt enforcement action throughout the week. It is being ran as part of the European Traffic Police Network (European TISPOL) campaign and will end on Sunday, September 18.

Thames Valley Police will conduct random checks throughout the Thames Valley area at all times of the day and night. Drivers and or passengers who are caught not wearing a seat belt will be issued with anything from a Fixed Penalty Notice to a summons to attend court.

This is the second TISPOL seat belt campaign this year. The first was in March when 378 people in the Thames Valley were caught not wearing a seat belt.

Sgt Chris Appleby, from the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Joint Roads Policing Unit, said: “The purpose of this joint European campaign is to enforce the wearing of seat belts and child restraints in all vehicles and draw attention to the subject.

“Failure to wear a seatbelt has been identified as one of the four key reasons of fatalities in road traffic collisions.

“According to Safer Roads, 2,000 people a year are saved by wearing seat belts. They say that, in the event of a collision, if unrestrained you will hit the windscreen, or the front seat in the case of a rear seat passenger, at a force of 30 to 60 times your own body weight.

“The message is simple - always wear your seat belt - #ItsNotWorthTheRisk”