Belt up campaign

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Over 500 motorists have been caught failing to wear a seatbelt as part of a road safety campaign in Cambridgeshire.

So far 531 motorists have been caught as part of the ‘Think’ campaign, which will run throughout September.

From September 1, drivers will now receive either a £100 fine, which has increased from £60, or they can elect to take an educational course.

The new educational Seatbelt Awareness Course has been offered to eligible drivers or passengers and is being rolled out nationally by the Government.

It is being provided by AA Drive Tech and costs £36. The course can be completed online or in a booklet and must be completed within 28 days of the course being offered.

Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Over the coming weeks officers from the roads policing department will be carrying out regular patrols targeting those flouting the law in relation to wearing a seatbelt.

“You are 50 per cent more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision if you’re not wearing this life-saving piece of equipment. The consequences of not wearing a belt when involved in a collision are potentially horrific.

“Drivers should be responsible for ensuring all passengers wear seatbelts, and they will be fined for anyone under 14 who is in their vehicle and is not.”

Last year more than 2,700 people received a £60 fine for failing to wear a seatbelt in Cambridgeshire.