Six children among 441 people caught not wearing seatbelts in Hampshire Police crackdown

Bournemouth Echo: Six children among 441 people caught not wearing seatbelts in Hampshire Police crackdown Six children among 441 people caught not wearing seatbelts in Hampshire Police crackdown

SIX children were among a total of 441 people caught not wearing seatbelts while in moving vehicles in Hampshire last week.

The initiative, part of a European crackdown, saw officers getting tough with those who don’t wear seatbelts when they should.

Those who were caught faced fines of up to £500, and awareness courses were also offered as an alternative.

A further 61 offences were also detected by officers, from using a mobile phone while driving to defective tyres and no insurance.

Hampshire road safety officer, Sergeant Rob Heard, said: “The devastating injuries or possible fatal injuries you can receive from not wearing a seat belt really should encourage everyone to belt up.

“It is just not worth risking your life and the heartache your family will feel from your loss.”

He added: “Forgetting to wear the belt is the biggest excuse we found.

“We have had some interesting excuses though as well. One man told us he did not want to ruin his tan.

“Due to the recent sunny weather he had caught a tan to his chest and felt the belt would wear some of the tan away.”

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6:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

twynhamob says...

A better headline would be "Hampshire Police net up to 220k because people are stupid, not that 1.3% of people not wearing a seatbelt were children.
I wish the Echo would REPORT on NEWS not cut and paste from someone's web-site.
A better headline would be "Hampshire Police net up to 220k because people are stupid, not that 1.3% of people not wearing a seatbelt were children. I wish the Echo would REPORT on NEWS not cut and paste from someone's web-site. twynhamob
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7:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mikeymagic says...

Usual fact less reporting. Yes they faced up to £500 but I highly doubt that's ever been given out. £60 and off you go (not from experience I add) but I know a few people who have been done. But then it seems the Echo needs to dramatise everything now.

Having said that, the fact anyone one be stupid or thoughtless enough to place a child in a car without a belt given they neither know nor comprehend the risk is beyond me. I hope they got at least a £500 fine.
Usual fact less reporting. Yes they faced up to £500 but I highly doubt that's ever been given out. £60 and off you go (not from experience I add) but I know a few people who have been done. But then it seems the Echo needs to dramatise everything now. Having said that, the fact anyone one be stupid or thoughtless enough to place a child in a car without a belt given they neither know nor comprehend the risk is beyond me. I hope they got at least a £500 fine. mikeymagic
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10:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

dorsetspeed says...

These operations are just money making. You can even find evidence of this in Dorset Road Unsafe's own reports:

"BA confirmed that obtaining resources and finance is difficult. After review and discussions it has been decided that there will be a series of mini SAT operations between April and the end of June"

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These operations are just money making. You can even find evidence of this in Dorset Road Unsafe's own reports: "BA confirmed that obtaining resources and finance is difficult. After review and discussions it has been decided that there will be a series of mini SAT operations between April and the end of June" http://www.dorsetroa dsafe.org.uk/images/ Documents/Minutes/Op GrpMeetings/Op%20Gro up%20Meeting%2009-04 -13.pdf dorsetspeed
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