MOTORISTS and passengers who fail to wear their seatbelts while driving will be targeted by police in a week-long campaign.
This week covert and overt checks on motorists will be carried out to ensure they are abiding by the law and wearing a seatbelt.
The Sussex Police Road Policing Unit is running the campaign alongside a TISPOL Europe-wide campaign in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.
Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney from the unit said, “If you aren’t wearing a seatbelt then you are breaking the law and you can expect to be stopped and fined up to £500 if you do not have a valid excuse.
“This campaign is not just about issuing fines to those who choose not to wear a seatbelt, it is also about educating people about the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt so that they wear one in the future.
“Drivers and passengers involved in crashes who wear seatbelts are far less likely to sustain serious or fatal injuries.”
It has been law since 1983 to wear a seatbelt in a car without a valid excuse.
During the campaign checks will be carried out by both mobile and static units in marked and unmarked police cars.
Neil Hopkins, from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, added, “Wearing a seatbelt is the simplest action that any car occupant can take to ensure their safety in the event of a collision.
“It’s staggering to think that some people still either forget or wilfully refuse to wear a seatbelt.
“Along with the increased awareness being brought by Sussex Police, we’re reminding all motorists about our award-winning seatbelt campaign - Embrace Life.
In the same campaign last year. 511 people were found not to be wearing their seatbelts.