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WARNING: Wear a seatbelt of face a fine of £500 - claim police

Friday 10th June 2022

DRIVERS who fail to wear a seatbelt are to be targeted in Maidstone...and it could cost them £500.

A national campaign is being launched to encourage motorists to buckle up.

For a fortnight from next Monday, Kent Police will be supporting an operation to enforce the law against those who place themselves and others at risk by not wearing seatbelts or ensuring children in their vehicle are not safely secured.

Experts say not wearing a seatbelt is one of the factors contributing to deaths alongside speeding, drink or drug use and and using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Chief Inspector Craig West, Head of Roads Policing, said: ‘National figures suggest that people who do not wear seatbelts are twice as likely to die if they are involved in a collision. That is why we take it so seriously and why anyone who does not buckle up faces being issued with a Traffic Offence Report that could result in a fine of up to £500.

‘During the same operation last year a total of 224 reports were issued, which shockingly included 14 for failing to ensure a child in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. On five occasions the child in question was under the age of three.

‘Whilst the vast majority of road users appreciate the importance of wearing seatbelts, there are unfortunately still a number who take unnecessary risks because they believe the worst will never happen to them. Sadly the worst does sometimes happen, and that is why Kent Police is supporting this important national campaign.’

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