2,000 caught not using seatbelts

A clampdown in February against people violating seatbelt laws resulted in more than 2,000 motorists from across Wales being prosecuted for not belting up.

The month-long All Wales Seatbelt Campaign detected a total of 2,224 seatbelt offences, police said.

The road safety operation, which warned drivers and passengers about the risks of not wearing a seatbelt, saw police officers carry out patrols to stop and fine those flouting the law.

South Wales saw a total of 514 people being prosecuted, while Gwent recorded 812 offences.

A total of 699 offences were seen in the Dyfed Powys force area, while 209 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt in North Wales.

Of the total offences across Wales, 46 involved children not belting up.

The three police forces in Wales along with the region's fire and ambulance services and local authorities participated in the road safety drive.

Motorists and passengers found not wearing a seatbelt can receive a £60 fixed penalty notice or be summoned to court where they could face fines of up to £500.

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