Police concern over seatbelt use

Police officers have expressed 'great concern' over the number of people not bothering to wear seatbelts while travelling along Scotland's roads.

A day of action by officers revealed that 428 drivers, 23 adult passengers and three child passengers failed to use their car seatbelts while on the roads.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) also clocked 264 speeding offences, with five people reported for dangerous driving and three more for careless driving.

The main objective of the road safety campaign on May 11 was to focus on reducing casualties on the roads.

Chief Superintendent Charlie Common, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "These figures are extremely disappointing and reinforce the need for campaigns. Although much progress has been made, the number of drivers detected is of great concern.

"I cannot emphasise enough the part speeding has to play in accidents and how much the risk of injury is increased through failure to wear a seatbelt.

"Wednesday's results show that far too many people continue to ignore our warnings and disregard the law."

A child was found sitting on a front seat without the protection of a belt in the Dumfries and Galloway force area.

In Dunfermline, a motorist was clocked driving at 45mph in a 20mph zone past a school while classes were being held.

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