DRIVERS and passengers failing to wear seatbelts are being targeted by police this week and could be fined up to £500.

The Dorset Police No Excuse team has joined a nationwide initiative to ensure seat belts and car seats are being used correctly.

A spokesman said: "It’s been the law for decades but every day we still deal with drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing a seatbelt.

"We’ll be carrying out vehicle checks and patrols across the county to stop vehicles if occupants are not wearing seatbelts, or wearing them incorrectly.

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"Those caught breaking the law can be fined up to £500.

"You’re twice as likely to die and 30 times more likely to be catapulted out of a vehicle in a crash if you don’t wear one. You can also injure or kill other people.

"Please wear your seatbelt and wear it correctly."