Road checks are es­sen­tial for all users’ safety

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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

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