December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
More than 500 motorists have been caught failing to wear a seatbelt in Cambridgeshire this month.
So far 531 motorists have been caught as part of the ‘Think’ road safety campaign and the police have regular patrols planned for the rest of the month.
Drivers receive either a £100 fine, which has increased from £60, or can take an educational course.
Last year more than 2,700 people received a £60 fine for failing to wear a seatbelt in Cambridgeshire.
Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Over the coming weeks officers from the roads policing department will be carrying out regular patrols targeting those flouting the law in relation to wearing a seatbelt.
“You are 50 per cent more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision if you’re not wearing this life-saving piece of equipment.
“Drivers should be responsible for ensuring all passengers wear seatbelts, and they will be fined for anyone under 14 who is in their vehicle and is not.”
The Seatbelt Awareness Course, provided by AA Drive Tech, has been offered to eligible drivers or passengers and is being rolled out nationally by the Government.
The course, which costs £36, can be completed online or in a booklet and must be completed within 28 days of the course being offered.