Police target young drivers

YOUNG drivers are being targeted as part of a week-long campaign to ensure they are wearing seatbelts and their vehicles are roadworthy.

Police are acting on statistics that show younger drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash than their older counterparts.

As part of the campaign, Suffolk police officers are reminding motorists to belt up or face getting a ticket, as they clamp down on anyone, and younger drivers in particlular, not wearing a seatbelt.

Drivers and passengers caught not wearing a seatbelt can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60 and a fine of up to £500.

Sgt Darren Sargent, of Suffolk Police roads policing unit, said: “Younger drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision, so it is vital that they are aware of the importance of road safety.

“Putting a seatbelt on is such a simple task that can mean the difference between life and death – and yet some people decide not to do it.”

Tomorrow, officers of the roads policing units are set to visit school sixth-forms and colleges.