Seatbelt Operation a Belting Success
The importance of wearing a seatbelt has been ingrained into the routine of most drivers and passengers for years, but as the Area Support Unit (ASU) East of Gwent Police found, there are still some who take the risk of travelling without belting up.
For two weeks in March, ASU East took part in a period of dedicated action to stop those who use the roads around Gwent dangerously, including failing to wear a seatbelt.
As part of the operation, ASU East utilised a specially adapted HGV giving them a better perspective to view and detect those driving without the necessary precautions.
During the operation a total of 36 Traffic Offence Reports were issued including to drivers who had the responsibility for ensuring children were correctly restrained.
Police Sergeant Shane Draper, who led the operation said, “It has been mandatory to wear a seatbelt while driving for more than 30 years and yet we are still seeing many not using them. Road safety is always one of our priorities and it is disappointing to see so many people not wearing a seatbelt, something which could very easily save their life.”