Road checks are essential for all users’ safety
THAMES Valley Police gave 900 tickets to people for not wearing a seatbelt between April and August of this year.
The road checks are to ensure people are wearing a seatbelt, are at a safe speed, are not using mobile phone devices or are not in any other way distracted from driving.
The team consists of one police officer, who is without his highvisibility jacket, checking the cars and then the other officers flagging down the cars who are committing an offence.
Police officer Mark Ashby was part of the team doing the checks by The Elgiva theatre in Chesham on Thursday, September 25.
Mr Ashby said: “We have been here for 45 minutes so far and the cars we have stopped have been mainly for people not wearing seatbelts.”
He added: “Sometimes we stop a vehicle for a seatbelt offence and then that can lead onto bigger things like the car has been stolen.”
Chief Inspector Colin Clark said: “We are doing two things, we are doing the road checks and we are also providing visible police officers around the town.”
He added: “People may see us doing these checks and say ‘why are they not out there catching burglars?’, but if people could see the results of the collisions and the results from not wearing a seatbelt, they would understand.”
If a car is pulled over for a seatbelt offence, they have a choice of a £100 fine or a £36 fine and online training about the important of seatbelt wearing.
ON THE ROAD: A police officer carries out a routine check