Earlier this week, it was reported that a two-week campaign which has recently come to an end recorded over 80 motoring offences, throughout Durham and Cleveland, relating to seatbelts.
The campaign, conducted by the police, aimed to highlight the importance of wearing a seatbelt whilst travelling in a vehicle; and roadside checks conducted as part of the campaign caught over 40 drivers committing seatbelt offences throughout Durham.
In addition, the campaign also recorded a further 35 seatbelt offences, including one involving a child, within the Cleveland area.
Meanwhile, a separate campaign conducted by police throughout Salisbury as part of a week long, European-wide campaign, recorded in excess of 440 seatbelt offences, with six involving children.
Under existing motoring laws all adults are required to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle where they are fitted, unless they are exempt from doing so for medical reasons, whilst the driver also has responsibility for ensuring all children aged over 12 years old, or over 135cm in height – whichever comes first – wear a seatbelt, and those under have the correct child restraint.
Failure to wear a seatbelt, or failure to ensure children within the vehicle are using the correct restraints, can result in face a fixed penalty fine of £100.
Those accused of driving without a seatbelt, are advised to seek legal advice from experienced road traffic solicitors, such as the team at Lester Morrill, who will provide specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving a licence, wherever possible.