Hundreds of drivers caught for not wearing seatbelts

Police targeting driver in Towcester Road, by B&Q, PC Dave Lee is running the operation.'Checking drivers MOT and Insurance details using ANPR, plus bringing in drivers who were seen using their phones or not wearing a seatbelt.

Police targeting driver in Towcester Road, by B&Q, PC Dave Lee is running the operation.'Checking drivers MOT and Insurance details using ANPR, plus bringing in drivers who were seen using their phones or not wearing a seatbelt.

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Hundreds of motorists face being fined at least £100 after being caught flouting the seatbelt laws.

The drivers were stopped in Sussex during a Europe-wide crackdown on those failing to belt up when they get behind the wheel.

Officers carried out enforcement checks across the county last week to catch drivers and passengers refusing to obey the law.

A total of 290 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt during the operation. 285 were adults and five were children. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that children they are carrying in their vehicles are wearing seatbelts and the adults receive the punishment.

Each of the offenders is now being assessed to determine if they should be handed a £100 fine or offered the chance to complete a road safety awareness course.

If they complete the course, which costs £36 to do, they do not have to pay the fine. If they do not complete the course and do not pay the fine they will be taken to court and could be fined up to £500.

The courses are only offered to those who have not been caught failing to wear a seatbelt before.

The campaign was run alongside a TISPOL Europe-wide campaign and in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

Since 1993 it has been illegal not to wear a seatbelt in a car without a valid excuse.

Sergeant Neil Walker, of Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit, said, “There is still a hard core of people who refuse to wear a seatbelt when they get into a car. They endanger not just themselves but other road users with this selfish attitude. There are also still people who allow their children to get into a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt.”