Spring Seatbelt Campaign 2013
Over 1,700 motorists from across Wales were prosecuted for not wearing a seatbelt during a multi-agency crackdown.
In March, North Wales Police teamed up with the other Welsh Police Forces to launch the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning motorists and passengers that they are risking their lives by not wearing belts and issuing fixed penalty notices to those who choose to flout the law.
During the two-week campaign police officers detected a total of 1,775 seatbelt offences, 46 of the offences across Wales were in relation to children not wearing a seatbelt.
Acting Sergeant Mark Jones from North Wales Police said: “It is disappointing that 280 motorists were caught not wearing a seatbelt in North Wales during the two week enforcement period of the campaign.
“People are twice as likely to die in a collision if they are not wearing a seatbelt. They only take a second to click in to place, but can produce a lifetime of repercussions if ignored. Motorists and passengers who choose to risk their lives by not wearing a seatbelt could receive a £60 Fixed Penalty Notice or be summonsed to court where they could face fines of up to £500.
North Wales Police has a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which are failing to wear a seatbelt, drink and drug driving, dangerous driving including unnecessary risk taking, speeding and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Recently Road safety Officers from branches of the Gwynedd – Môn Road Safety Partnership visited supermarkets to raise awareness amongst the public of the dangers of not wearing a belt. Customers were invited to register their details on this website to claim their free tax disc holder displaying a belt up icon to remind passengers to use their seatbelts .
The Gwynedd Môn Road Safety Partnership are committed to create an environment where the individual can use the roads with confidence, free from death, injury, damage or fear .
Picture : Meurig Jones , North Wales Police with Paula Owen , Gwynedd Council's Road Safety Officer promoting the Spring Seat Belt Campaign at a local supermarket .