130 children found not wearing seat belts last year as police hand out 2155 fixed penalty notices

ALMOST 2200 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt while travelling on the county’s roads last year.

Police handed out 2155 fixed penalty notices (FPN) for failure to wear a seatbelt.

Among those not wearing a seatbelt were 130 children.

In the previous year (2009) 2991 people were issued with FPNs for the offence.

PC Tony Barrios, Casualty Reduction Officer, said: “Although the number of motorists caught without a seatbelt is reducing, it is always disappointing to catch people not wearing a seatbelt, as they can mean the difference between life and death.

“What is particularly worrying is that more than 100 children were caught without a seatbelt.

“If we are to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries on the county’s roads it is vital that everyone buckles up.

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“Putting on your seatbelt should be part of your routine before even starting your vehicle and drivers should be responsible for ensuring all passengers wear seatbelts.”

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