'It's basic safety!' Police to sweep Norfolk and Suffolk in seatbelt blitz

PUBLISHED: 11:56 10 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 10 March 2018

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will spend a week looking out for people not wearing seatbelts, as part of a Europe-wide crackdown. Picture: Press Association

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will spend a week looking out for people not wearing seatbelts, as part of a Europe-wide crackdown. Picture: Press Association

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Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will be targeting drivers and passengers who do not belt-up during a week-long enforcement campaign.

Checks will be carried out as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative, which begins on Monday and runs until Sunday March 18. Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit will be conducting checks on motorists and their passengers across both counties.

Those who are not wearing one could be fined or face further action. During the last TISPOL campaign in September last year, 99 people in Norfolk were caught driving without a seatbelt. Head of the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, said: “Wearing seatbelt is such a basic piece of road safety advice that it is hard to believe some people still fail to belt up.”

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt may be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

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