Police warn drivers to belt up

Police warn drivers to belt up

Police warn drivers to belt up

First published in News

Throughout January unmarked police cars will be used to crackdown on Merseyside  motorists not wearing a seat belt or driving while using their mobile phones.

Last year more than 6,000 drivers were issued with penalties for failing to wear a seat belt and 4,000 were detected using their mobile phones while driving. 

Sergeant Paul Mountford said: "Merseyside Police is committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on our roads in 2013 and we are determined to target motorists who flout the law and recklessly endanger lives.

"This week will see more cars on our roads as people return to work and children go back to school and I appeal to drivers to be aware of your responsibilities on the roads.

"A lack of concentration because you are using your mobile phone can have severe consequences for yourself and others and by simply spending two-to-three seconds putting on a seat belt you greatly reduce the risk of serious injury if involved in a crash.

"During January we are adopting a zero tolerance approach and will be targeting hot spot areas to crackdown on drivers committing these type of offences.

"Our officers will be on the roads in unmarked cars so I urge you to drive responsibly."

Anyone found using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing their seatbelt is liable for a £60 fine and three penalty points.

If a motorist is found to have been using a mobile at the time of an accident they could be charged with dangerous driving.

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11:53am Mon 7 Jan 13

Jack Boot says...

Why does this merit a report? We all know its illegal to do either. And you don't get points for not wearing a seatbelt, its just a fine.
Why does this merit a report? We all know its illegal to do either. And you don't get points for not wearing a seatbelt, its just a fine. Jack Boot
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2:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Realistically speaking says...

That'll bring them in a few quid for the New Year...
That'll bring them in a few quid for the New Year... Realistically speaking
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11:33am Tue 8 Jan 13

ConcernedRatePayer says...

I for one Welcome this action by Merseyside Police. The use of Mobile Phones whilst driving is so dangerous and appears to be on the increase. I cannot believe the number of what I would describe as 'Professional Drivers' (i.e. those who drive for a living), who you see openly flouting the law and don't seem at all bothered that they might get caught.
I wish the Campaign every success and hopefully it will deter those miscreants in Society who regularly break the law and put not only their own lives, but the lives of others at risk by their idiotic conduct on the Road.
I for one Welcome this action by Merseyside Police. The use of Mobile Phones whilst driving is so dangerous and appears to be on the increase. I cannot believe the number of what I would describe as 'Professional Drivers' (i.e. those who drive for a living), who you see openly flouting the law and don't seem at all bothered that they might get caught. I wish the Campaign every success and hopefully it will deter those miscreants in Society who regularly break the law and put not only their own lives, but the lives of others at risk by their idiotic conduct on the Road. ConcernedRatePayer
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