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Safer Sussex Roads Partnership - Seatbelt Enforcement Week

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With an estimated two million drivers in the UK still not wearing a seatbelt when they are driving, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is reminding road users of the dangers of not belting up in their cars. Along with colleagues at Surrey and Sussex Police's Roads Policing Unit (RPU) and Surrey's DriveSMART, SSRP wants to reach the final five per cent of drivers who do not see the benefits of seatbelts. There is a week dedicated to this, running  from March 12 to March 18, which has been implemented by TISPOL, the European Traffic Policing Network.
A police spokesperson said "Although this week is still very much business as usual and enforcing this law is a daily occurrence for RPU, it does give an opportunity to raise awareness to a demographic of ignorant drivers".
As well as the RPU catching offenders during patrols (431 in Sussex 2017), the Sussex safety camera team is also able to capture offences as part of their day-to-day work.
Sussex Police said they caught 635 last year, on top of their work for speeding and mobile phone offences, including one driver who received a £120 seatbelt fine, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £700 in costs after maintaining his innocence all the way to court.

Chief Inspector Warren Franklin explained the reasons behind the enforcement week: "National statistics suggest that drivers and passengers aged 17 to 34 have the lowest compliance rates, combined with the highest collision rates and you are twice as likely to die in a collision if you are not wearing your seatbelt.".
"Whatever your motivation to wear one - either to save you money from a fine, or to save your life - we are urging drivers to strap in this week and every week. You may think it is a short journey home, but it could be a long recovery if you are injured in a collision through not wearing a belt". 


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