Police to target drivers and passengers in Norfolk and Suffolk who don’t wear seatbelts

PUBLISHED: 00:26 11 September 2017

File photo of a person using a seatbelt. PIC: PA?Haydn West.

File photo of a person using a seatbelt. PIC: PA?Haydn West.


Drivers and passengers in Norfolk who don’t belt up are to be targeted by police as part of a week-long crackdown.

Additional checks will be carried out as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative which begins on Monday and runs until Sunday (March 19).

Wearing a seatbelt can prevent many collision-related injuries and fatalities and it is compulsory drivers wear them, and ensure their passengers buckle-up too.

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit will be conducting checks on motorists and their passengers across both counties. Those who are not wearing one could be fined or face further action.

During the last TISPOL campaign held in October last year, 52 people in Norfolk were caught driving without a seatbelt.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the roads policing and firearms operations unit, said: “Wearing seatbelt is such a basic piece of road safety advice that it is hard to believe some people still fail to belt-up.”

Lorne Green, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, said: “I fully support increased enforcement campaigns like this to target those intent on flouting the law but there is only so much our police can do to keep Norfolk’s roads safe – the rest comes down to social responsibility.

“It is disappointing that, despite the warnings, more than 50 people were caught driving while not wearing a seatbelt during the last TISPOL campaign in Norfolk. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk so the next time you get into your vehicle do yourself and other road users a favour and belt-up.”

Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

Commenting on behalf of the Norfolk Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, Chief Fire Officer David Ashworth, said: “There have been many incidents in Norfolk that should have resulted in minor or no injury, but have become fatal or serious due to an occupant not wearing a belt. If you are not wearing a seat belt you become a missile in a small space and can also kill or injure other people in car; that is a big price to pay for a bad decision.”

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt may be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

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