Published: September 9, 2012
Burnham drivers warned as police launch new road safety campaign

Drivers in Burnham-On-Sea are being ordered to belt up as police take part in a Europe-wide road safety campaign running from September 10th-16th.

Mobile patrols will be on the lookout for anyone breaking the law in the Burnham and Highbridge area, sending out the message that seatbelts should be worn in all seats in all vehicles.

Not wearing a seatbelt is one of what police call the 'fatal four' driving offences. The others are speeding, drink and drug driving, and using a mobile phone while driving.

Officers will be enforcing seatbelt legislation either through education or enforcement with the aim of reducing the number of people killed and injured.

Last year, 2011, in Somerset a total of 1,567 fixed penalty £60 fines were issued to drivers for seatbelt offences.

Chief Insp John Holt of Avon and Somerset's Operations and Roads Policing Unit said: "This seatbelt campaign is part of our on-going commitment to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads."

"Most people wouldn't dream of driving even a short distance without belting up, but those who do break the law should know that we will take action against them to help make the roads safer for everyone."


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