More People Staying Safe On Roads

23 February 2011, 08:46

Heart's being told fewer people are risking their lives on car journeys

It comes after a week long crackdown last week by police on anyone caught without a seatbelt.

Anyone who was caught not wearing was given an automatic £60 fine.

In Norfolk, only 33 people were prosecuted, which police say is a low number, however Inspector David Ball told us he would prefer it if no-one was caught, as it would mean more people were keeping safe: "You could be driving along, minding your own business and somebody could go into you. It might not be your fault, but if you're not wearing a seatbelt it's going to make a difference. Who can say when that's going to be? It might be on a short journey just to the shops, but put your belt on. For one thing you're not going to get a £60 fine."

He also told us what kind of a difference wearing a seatbelt can make: "I've been to so many collisions in the past where a seatbelt would have basically would have saved someone's life, or indeed situations where passengers say in the back of a vehicle have not worn their seatbelts and unfortunately have injured themselves very severely by headbutting each other."

Suffolk Police are releasing their figures from the campaign later today.