180 drivers fined for not wearing a seatbelt in Cheshire

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Cheshire Police have issued 180 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) following a three-week operation targeting road users not wearing a seatbelt.

The operation ran from 24 May to 13 June and officers were out on the county's roads looking for anyone not wearing a seatbelt.

Inspector for the Constabulary's Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit, Steve Griffiths, said: "I have no doubt in my mind that road users know they need to wear a seatbelt, and the reasons why – it's common sense – but evidently there are still many drivers and passengers who fail to do so.

"Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the biggest killers on our roads. By not wearing one people are increasing their risk of death in a collision - why wouldn't you spend a few seconds putting one on?

"It is important everyone is aware of the huge risks and dangers that come from not wearing a seatbelt and I hope those road users who received Traffic Offence Reports will think about the consequences of their actions next time they get behind the wheel."

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Ensuring Cheshire's roads are safer is one of my key priorities and during my term of office, I have ambitious plans to deliver initiatives that reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

"Not wearing a seatbelt is incredibly dangerous and is one the main factors in serious or fatal collisions. I am concerned to see so many people across Cheshire still not wearing a seatbelt, even though the dangers of doing so are apparent. I am pleased that Cheshire Police carried out this enforcement activity to educate motorists and help make the county's roads safer."



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Chris Jones
Sunday 20th June 2021 at 3:36 pm
John Dwyer, “Ensuring Cheshire’s roads are safer is one of my key priorities” . Is that so.
Maybe John Dwyer can enlighten us on the progress made in catching those pulling wheelies through Alderley village on a Moto cross and quad bike a couple of weeks ago.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at 7:27 pm
Chris Jones I heartily agree. On a Sunny warm weekend afternoon can they not at least spare us 1 traffic Copper to issue warnings to the drag racers? To those who say they are not breaking the law with the drive bys you are wrong. Many are exceeding the permitted decibels in a built up area...if we copied Kensington and Chelsea we would get rid of a few of the worst offenders overnight.
On the way home from Dunham Massey on a hot afternoon last week we had a noisy OAP "wide boy" in his lurid coloured Lambo' tailgaiting the car beside us on the M56 . He then overtook on the inside lane, he did not get very far as we caught up with him at the Hale roundabout. My wife remarked that he was clearly "en route" for Alderley . Sure enough as he went through the airport tunnels very fast and revving his engines to the max he then had to slow down to snails pace by Waters Science Park. He was clearly impatient by this stage but the traffic was not playing ball and all his noisy hi jinks had not got him very far, it is very sad to see some of these specimens up close