Officers from Northamptonshire Police joined their policing colleagues from across the UK to support a national seat belt campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of not belting up.
Between May 24 and June 13, the Force took part in the #StandingUpForBeltingUp campaign which aimed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads.
Not wearing a seat belt is one of the main contributors to road injuries and is one of the fatal four driving offences. So far this year more than 900 seat belt offences have been detected on the county’s road network.
With a total of 683 offences detected by the Safer Road Team enforcement vans, and a further 246 witnessed by officers across the Force, the three-week campaign provided an opportunity to once again highlight the importance of belting up.
The first week focused on educating car occupants on the dangers of not wearing a seat belt as well as passenger safety, and the use of child seats and transporting those under the age of 14.
This was followed by two weeks of enforcement action, during which 10 vehicles were stopped for flouting the law and 43 motorists sent a postal notice of intended prosecution after being caught not wearing a seat belt by one of the enforcement vans.
PC Dave Lee of Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team said: “Wearing a seat belt in a car is such a basic piece of road safety advice and could be the difference between life and death in a road collision.
“Having attended a number of fatal road traffic collisions where people have been ejected from the car, the consequences of not wearing a seat belt just aren’t worth contemplating.
“One death or serious injury on our roads is one too many - and it’s extremely disappointing to still find people choosing to put their lives at risk by not belting up or wearing their seat belts incorrectly.
“This campaign may have finished however we continue to proactively police the county’s roads to educate drivers and passengers on road safety and enforce seat belt legislation.”
Anyone caught not wearing a seat belt can take an online education course or receive a fixed penalty fine of £100. If they elect to go to court, the fine increases to a maximum £500.
Drivers who are stopped for carrying too many passengers for their vehicle will receive an automatic three points on their driving licence and a fixed penalty fine of £100.