Bedfordshire Police Seatbelt Campaign Image: Bedfordshire Police

Over 1,000 people prosecuted for not wearing their seatbelt in the tri-force area

The tri-force Road Policing Unit formed by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Forces are urging people to take a few seconds to belt up and help save their life.

Last year, more than 1,000 people being prosecuted for not wearing their seatbelt on the roads in the tri-force area.

Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit Casualty Reduction Sergeant, Ian Manley, said:

“We see the serious and horrific consequences not wearing a seatbelt can have to those in a car, and on their families and friends who are affected by what has happened.

“A few seconds is nothing in comparison to the possibility of not suffering serious injury or death on our roads.”

Men aged between 22 and 36 are the highest risk offenders, particularly those driving vans. You can receive a fine of up to £500 if you are caught.

By county, the numbers are as follows:

Bedfordshire 306

Cambridgeshire 392

Hertfordshire 321

Sgt Manley continued:

“We conduct proactive patrols on a daily basis but during the month of March, in support of the National Police Chief’s Council campaign we will be paying particular attention to those not wearing seatbelts.”

“Putting your seatbelt on should be automatic as soon as you get in your vehicle. Those few seconds really could make the difference.”

As part of the work officers will also be educating people about wearing seatbelts correctly and the importance of children being secured in the most appropriate seat for their age and height.

A child must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. Babies should be in rear facing car seats until they are 15 months old or 9kg, depending on the type of safety device.

Further information

Seatbelt Law

Car seats