Police target motorists not wearing a seatbelt

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Drivers who do not wear seatbelts will be targeted in a week of action led by Northamptonshire Police.

As part of a Europe-wide campaign launched on Monday February 10, officers from the county will clampdown on people who fail to abide by seatbelt laws, either by not wearing a seatbelt while driving or by not making sure children are properly secured. Road policing sergeant Ashley Moore, who will lead the operation, said: “It’s very important for people to wear seatbelts because we know they save lives.

“So we want to educate people about the importance of wearing seatbelts. But where necessary, we’ll also take action to fine people who are breaking the law. Particularly if they have children in their cars who are not safely secured.”

European research suggests an estimated 50 per cent of all people who die in car crashes would have survived if they had been wearing a seatbelt.

By law, you must wear a seatbelt in vehicles where one is fitted. There are very few exceptions to this. The driver can also be fined if a child under 14 does not wear a seatbelt or child restraint as required.

Children under 12 and also under 135cm tall must use the appropriate child restraint for their weight when travelling in the front or back seat of any car, van or goods vehicle.

A child can use an adult belt when they reach 135cm or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first.