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More than 600 seatbelt fines handed out in Kent in two-week period

More than 600 people in Kent were given tickets for not wearing a seatbelt during a two-week national road safety campaign.

Police were out on the county’s roads between Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 13, supporting the initiative coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Police have been cracking down on seatbelt slackers
Police have been cracking down on seatbelt slackers

Tickets have been issued to 612 people, who are now facing fines after being spotted breaking the law by not wearing a seatbelt during the two-week period.

Chief Insp Rhiannan Pepper, head of Kent’s roads policing unit, said: “We know that driving without a seatbelt can cause serious injury and even death and statistically you are twice as likely to die in a collision if you haven’t buckled up.

“Motorists should not be taking these risks because it is not just their lives they are jeopardising.

"All lives lost on the road due to lack of personal safety are a tragic waste and devastating to all those involved.

She added: “I sincerely hope that those people who received tickets during this special operation have learnt from their mistake.”

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