Drivers have been warned by Hertfordshire Police that they could be slammed with £500 fines for not wearing seatbelts. Police officers will be punishing drivers as part of a new road safety campaign that will launch next week.
HertsLive reported that officers will be engaging with the public during daily patrols as they aim to educate drivers on the effects of not wearing a seatbelt.
The safety campaign will begin on Monday, June 13 and run until Sunday, June 26.
Hertfordshire Police will be making sure that both drivers and passengers are wearing seatbelts.
Anyone who is found driving without one will be issued with a £500 fine.
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Chief Inspector Graeme Walsingham, who coordinates local activity in support of road policing campaigns, said: “Not wearing a seatbelt could have devastating consequences and this campaign is running to remind everyone of the importance of wearing one.
“If you are involved in a crash, and not wearing a seatbelt, you are at risk of being seriously injured or even killed.
“Wearing your seatbelt could genuinely be the difference between life and death for both drivers and passengers involved in a collision.”
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On top of that, the punishment for anyone who uses a bus lane without permission has increased from £60 to £70.
Before the changes came into force, it was up to the local councils to decide how much motorists would get fined.
This, however, has now changed to a UK-wide fee that applies everywhere.
The only exception is London where the fees for using a bus lane are much higher.
Drivers can be fined as much as £160 for making the mistake in the capital.
According to the Government, the increase in fines is supposed to bring them in line with the amount drivers pay for “high-level parking offences”.
Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, said: “We have used this opportunity to repeal the bus lane enforcement regime, in place since 2005 under the Transport Act 2000, to create a single enforcement regime under the 2004 Act; that includes bus lane enforcement.”