Seatbelt campaign is ‘disappointing’

SUSSEX POLICE say they are ‘disappointed’ to see so many motorists ‘flouting the law’ by not wearing their seatbelts.

MORE than 600 people were caught out during the week-long campaign which ran from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 September.

Officers issued 625 fixed penalty notices to motorists in comparison to the 395 handed out last year for the same campaign.

Inspector James Biggs of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit said: “I am disappointed that our campaign has highlighted that people are still ignoring the law and putting their own safety, and the safety of others, at risk by not wearing their seatbelt

“However, the increase in number of people caught doesn’t necessarily reflect an increase in people not wearing their seatbelts. This year Sussex Police increased its enforcement activity during our seatbelt campaign to identify motorists who flout the law and to educate people about their behaviour.

“On a positive note, it was very encouraging to see that during the campaign road policing officers did not encounter any children unrestrained in their seats. The message about restraining your child properly is obviously getting through to parents and carers.”