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Police urge drivers to belt up

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Police in Suffolk are reminding drivers and passengers to belt up, as officers take part in a week-long enforcement initiative.

Officers will be carrying out checks as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement campaign between this Monday and next Sunday.

The aim is to raise awareness of how many collision-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented by the wearing of seatbelts.

Anyone found not wearing a seatbelt will be issued a fixed penalty notice of £100.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the roads policing unit, said: “Nowadays the majority of vehicles have seatbelts fitted and the value of wearing them is obvious, but some people still leave their seatbelt unfastened.

“We want to remind people that by not wearing your belt, or not ensuring others in the vehicle are, you are putting your own and others’ lives at risk.”

In Suffolk in 2013, four people who died in road traffic collisions were not wearing a seatbelt,

“Putting on your seatbelt should be part of your routine before starting any journey and it is absolutely necessary for those travelling in the front and rear seats to belt up and save lives,” said Mr Spinks.

 

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