Motorists warned to buckle up

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MOTORISTS are being warned they could face a summons or a £60 fine if they drive without a seatbelt.

Until the end of the month police and Safer Roads Humber enforcement officers will be targeting drivers who don’t belt up.

Particular attention will be focused at accident blackspots.

Around 15 per cent of drivers and front seat passengers don’t wear seat belts and half of back-seat passengers don’t wear seat belts despite it being nearly two decades since it was made compulsory, according to Government research.

It is estimated that 370 deaths and 7,000 serious injuries are prevented nationally each year by people belting up.

Casualty reduction officer PC Keith Ward, from Humberside Police, said: “I want to ask everyone who gets into a vehicle to put their seat belts on; by doing this the severity of injury in the event of a road traffic collision can be reduced dramatically.

“Both drivers and passengers should be aware of child restraint legislation that has been in effect since 2006. Although there are a few exemptions, the basic rule is that all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts.”