Motorists urged to ‘belt up’

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MOTORISTs and passengers are being urged to belt up on South Yorkshire’s roads or face a fine of £500.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt during a Europe-wide week of action, starting today, will be landed with a £60 on-the-spot fine, which could rise to £500 if they contest their case at court.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing in South Yorkshire, said: “If you’re involved in a collision and are not wearing a seatbelt you are likely to face serious life-changing injuries or even death.

“If you are travelling in the front of the car without wearing your seatbelt you risk being thrown through the windscreen in a collision. “Passengers in the rear seats can be thrown forward and injure, or even kill, those in the front.”