Police spot checks on seatbelt usage.

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Drivers and passengers across Suffolk are being reminded to belt-up as police launch a week-long enforcement campaign.

Police will be carrying out checks as part of a Europe-wide seatbelt enforcement from today until Sunday, September 14.

The aim is to raise awareness of how many collision-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented by the wearing of seatbelts, which is now compulsory in most European countries.

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit will be conducting checks on motorists and their passengers throughout both counties, those who are found not wearing seatbelts could be issued fixed penalty notices of £100.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “It still shocks me that drivers and passengers are prepared to take risks with their lives by not wearing a seatbelt.

“The majority of vehicles have seatbelts fitted and the value of wearing them is obvious, but we still see people leaving their seatbelt unfastened and worryingly, drivers who do not ensure that children are secured in the back seat.”

Mr Spinks said that by not wearing your belt, or not ensuring others in the vehicle are, you are putting your own and others’ lives at risk.

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.

Mr Spinks added: “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.”