Police take hard line on seatbelts
DRIVERS are being ordered to belt up as police in Avon and Somerset police take part in another Europe-wide road safety campaign.
This week, mobile patrols will be on the look out for anyone breaking the law to send out the message that seatbelts should be worn in all seats in all vehicles.
The majority of countries across Europe support the TISPOL seatbelt campaign.
Not wearing a seatbelt is one of what police call the "fatal four" driving offences.
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The others are speeding, drink and drug driving, and using a mobile phone while driving.
Officers will be enforcing seatbelt legislation either through education or enforcement, with the aim of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured. Last year in the former Avon and Somerset force area 1,567 fixed penalty £60 fines were issued to drivers for seatbelt offences.
Chief Insp John Holt, of the Operations and Roads Policing Unit, said: "This seatbelt campaign is part of our on-going commitment to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads."
In a recent national study, of the 1,059 car occupants killed in crashes, 21 per cent were not wearing a seatbelt.