Cambridgeshire police to target people not wearing seatbelts

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Police are asking members of the public to make sure they belt-up as part of a month long enforcement campaign.

Throughout September officers across Cambridgeshire will be targeting those who don’t wear seatbelts when travelling on the county’s roads and raising awareness of the dangers of not belting up.

Those caught not using the life-saving device can be fined up to £500.

Inspector Mark Rogers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Throughout the next moth we will be carrying out regular patrols targeting those flouting the law in relation to wearing a seatbelt.

“You are much 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.

“This campaign is not just about fining people for breaking the law, it’s also about giving them valuable advice which could save their life.”

In 2014, 4,679 people were issued with tickets for not wearing a seatbelt across the three counties – 2,383 of them in Cambridgeshire.