Acpos finds 300 unbuckled drivers

On its 'day of action' on Scottish roads, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) caught more than 300 people not wearing seatbelts.

The 24-hour crackdown, carried out on the 21st anniversary of the legislation stating that children in the back of cars must wear seatbelts, found that motorists were still disregarding road safety rules by breaking the law.

Acpos cited instances of road users who were particularly careless, such as the driver of a van in Tayside who was reported to prosecutors after being seen carrying a child between the front seats.

Another motorist in Grampian hit a bridge on the A90 because her unbuckled son stood up and distracted her while she was driving. Her son was knocked unconscious and had to spend the night in the hospital.

Chief Superintendent Charlie Common, from Lothian and Borders Police, who is in charge of casualty reduction at Acpos, said: "Scottish police forces are working with other partner agencies to do all that is possible to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

"However the onus is very much upon drivers and passengers themselves."

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