Seatbelt campaign

NEARLY 200 drivers in Cambridgeshire were caught without a seatbelt during a targeted week long campaign.

Between Monday, March 12, and Friday, March 18, Cambridgeshire police issued 197 drivers with a £60 fine for not wearing a seatbelt, this included passengers and children.

The initiative was part of a campaign across Europe organised by TISPOL (Traffic Information System Police).

Officers also seized six vehicles, issued eight fines for mobile phone offences, three for no insurance, four for number plate offences, three for not having a valid MOT and two for no tax.

Casualty reduction officer PC Steve Gedny said: “It is shocking to see so many drivers in Cambridgeshire are still putting their lives and others at risk by refusing to wear a seatbelt.

“They are a simple but life-saving device and it is against the law to travel without one.

“It is especially worrying that young children are not being strapped-in. We would like to remind drivers that it is their responsibility not to put young people’s lives at risk in this way.”