Cambridgeshire Police begins a week long crackdown on drivers not wearing seatbelts
14th February 2011
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From this morning (14th February), Cambridgeshire Police is stepping up its mission to get tough on people not wearing seatbelts whilst driving on our county's roads.


Over 2,000 drivers were caught and fined for committing the offence in Cambridgeshire alone last year.


Drivers caught not wearing their seatbelt will automatically be issued a £60 fixed penalty notice.


The week-long campaign has been organised by Traffic Information System Police (TISPOL) and is about much more than fining people for breaking the law; as Chris Skepper, Roads Policing Unit Inspector explains, "Seatbelts save lives and it astonishes me that some people continue to risk theirs by not buckling up."


Over 50 years after Volvo invented the three point design, seat belts have saved approximately 1 million people worldwide.


However, Department for Transport research in 2009 put the number of people killed each year whilst not wearing their seatbelt at 565 and estimated that close to 370 of them would have survived if they had been safely restrained.

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