All Wales Seatbelt Campaign Results
Welsh police have caught more than 1,250 vehicle occupants not wearing their seat belts in just two weeks - including eight children. The South Wales, Dyfed Powys, North Wales and Gwent forces teamed up for March's campaign, which was aimed at raising awareness amongs drivers and passengers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts in the event of a collision.
Some 360 adults were found not to be wearing a seatbelt on the roads of South Wales, while in Dyfed-Powys 716 adults and eight children were caught. The total number of people caught across Wales was 1,257.
South Wales Police Chief Inspector Martyn Stone: "Our focus is on educating drivers about the risks to themselves and others of not wearing a seatbelt and the potential harm that can be caused by passengers in the back of the car who are not strapped in.
"During this campaign eight children were found not to being wearing seatbelts, and this is eight too many. Wearing a seatbelt is the law and only takes seconds. This simple action can save lives."
During last month's campaign North Wales Police stopped 140 adults for not wearing a seatbelt, while Gwent stopped 41 adults.
It has been compulsory to wear seatbelts in the front seats of cars since 1983 and in the rear since 1991.
Both drivers and passengers can be fined £100 for not wearing a seatbelt, and can be prosecuted. Any child under the age of 14 who is not buckled in is the responsibility of the driver, and the driver can be fined.
The 2014 campaign saw 1,524 people caught by Welsh police - 264 in South Wales, 1069 in Dyfed-Powys, 141 in North Wales and 80 in Gwent.