Police sealtbelt campaign nets 100 offenders across Cleveland and Durham force areas (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police sealtbelt campaign nets 100 offenders across Cleveland and Durham force areas
12:32pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
MORE than 100 motorists, including two children, were found to be not wearing a seatbelt while travelling during a week-long campaign.
The operation, which began on Monday, September 9, saw officers stopping vehicles where drivers or passengers were seen not to be wearing their seatbelts.
In Cleveland, 37 people were found to be not wearing their seatbelt, while 71 offences were committed in Durham. Worryingly, two children were among those not wearing their seatbelt.
The operation formed part of a national Europe-wide TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network) campaign.
Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, head of the Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, said: “It is disappointing that people still ignore our warnings about not wearing seatbelts and are willing to take chances with their lives. It causes more concern that people would allow their children to travel in a vehicle without being safely strapped in.
“We will keep repeating our warnings and will continue our operations until the message sinks in; wearing a seatbelt can save your life and the lives of others travelling in your vehicle.
“We carry out these operations to maximise the safety of motorists and to prevent fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. Those not wearing a seatbelt are twice as likely to die in a collision than those that are wearing one.”
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