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Police in Norfolk will be targetting drivers and passengers who don't belt-up during a week-long enforcement campaign which has begun.

Additional checks will be carried out as part of a National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) seat belt enforcement initiative which runs until Sunday, June 19.

Wearing a seat belt can prevent many collision-related injuries and fatalities and it is compulsory drivers wear them and ensure their passengers buckle-up too.

Seat belt campaign (57330314)
Seat belt campaign (57330314)

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Armed Policing Team will be conducting checks on motorists and their passengers across both counties. Those who are not wearing one could be fined or face further action.

Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of the joint roads armed policing team, said: "Wearing a seat belt is such a basic piece of road safety advice, that it is hard to believe some people still fail to belt-up.

"As we continue to reiterate, not wearing a seat belt is a Fatal 4 offence, which we work hard to raise awareness of all year round, given they are leading factors in the number of serious and fatal collisions in Norfolk.

"Our officers have first-hand experience of dealing with incidents, where both drivers and passengers have not been wearing a seat belt and we have seen the damage that this can cause."

"Seat belts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

"These laws are in place to keep road users safe, and to save lives. It’s simply not worth the risk."

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie said: "As part of my police, crime and community safety plan, one of my priorities is to support road users to be safer on our roads.

"Not wearing a seat belt or wearing one incorrectly, could be the difference between life or death in a road collision, so please think of yourselves and others when you travel."

Anyone caught not wearing a seat belt may be issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

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