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Police crackdown on seatbelt wearing across Teesside and County Durham
A JOINT Cleveland and Durham police campaign to remind the public they must wear seatbelts in vehicles will be launched on Monday, September 9.
Officers in Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations will stop vehicles where drivers or passengers are not wearing their seatbelts.
Under current legislation, drivers are responsible for ensuring that suitable safety restraints are worn by all passengers under 14-years-old.
Children must use an appropriate child car restraint for their weight until they are 135cm tall or their 12th birthday, whichever is first.
Passengers over 14 years of age are responsible for wearing their own seatbelt and can therefore face prosecution.
Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, head of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Statistics show that drivers and passengers are less likely to wear their seatbelts on short or familiar journeys, however, we would encourage everyone to wear their seatbelts at all times, no matter how long or short your journey is. No one can predict when a collision might occur.”
Under new government legislation which came into force on Friday, August 16, failing to wear a seatbelt now carries a penalty of £100, should motorists be given an on-the-spot fine. Prosecution can lead to a maximum fine of up to £500.
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