North Yorkshire Police has pledged its support to a European road safety campaign warning against the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.
The initiative which is being coordinated by the European traffic police network TISPOL runs for one week from Monday 12 March 2012 to Sunday 18 March 2012.
Officers will be carrying out checks on the county’s roads throughout the campaign to ensure that motorists and their passengers are belting up.
It is estimated that universal seatbelt use would save 6,000 lives and prevent 380,000 serious injuries a year across Europe.
Officers are urging drivers to support the campaign and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers and other road users.
Traffic Constable Paul Moon, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said:
“The benefits of wearing a seatbelt are well documented but unfortunately some people are still failing to wear them when they get behind the wheel .
“The simple fact is that wearing a seatbelt can save your life and I urge all road users to make the effort to use one and ensure that their passengers do the same.
“Over the next week officers will be stopping vehicles to ensure that the occupants are wearing seatbelts and if you aren’t it is likely that you will be fined.”
TISPOL is committed to reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe’s roads. Its activities are guided by research, intelligence, information and experience, to produce measurable results that contribute to reducing casualties and making roads safer.