Hundreds of people given tickets in Kent for not wearing a seatbelt

Tickets have been issued to 612 people in Kent who were seen breaking the law during the two-week period by not wearing a seatbelt and now face a fine for their actions.

Chief Inspector Rhiannan Pepper, Head of Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Whilst we are thankful that the majority of motorists do everything they can to stay safe and abide by the law it is disappointing to see such a large number of people still failing to wear seatbelts on Kent’s roads.

More than 600 people were given tickets by Kent Police for not wearing a seatbelt during a two-week national road safety campaign in July 2020.

 Officers from the Kent Police Roads Policing Unit, Kent Police Road Safety Team and volunteers from the Kent Special Constabulary were out on the county’s roads between 29 June and 13 July, supporting the initiative coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

 ‘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.

 ‘I sincerely hope that those people who received tickets during this special operation have learnt from their mistake. It is down to all of us to take personal responsibility for our safety, which will help protect others too. Our message is clear, always wear a seatbelt.’

 PSE 59727 Andrew Judd

 Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

East Kent Police Division

 Police Station, Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1BT