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Seatbelt warning for Tadcaster drivers

3rd June 2009

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service held one of a series of joint road safety initiatives in Tadcaster on Friday 29th May 2009.

Police and Fire Officers located in the centre of Tadcaster, targeted drivers of vehicles who were failing to wear seatbelts.

During a two and a half hour period between 1400 hrs and 1630 hrs, thirty five drivers were stopped for not wearing their seat belts. The majority of drivers opted to receive a warning from the police, together with a fifteen minute road safety presentation, highlighting the risks associated with not wearing seatbelts. Two drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices having chosen not to receive the alternative educational input.

Chair of the Selby District Community Safety Partnership Safer Roads Group, Station Manager Cecil Pugh says: “This road safety initiative was one of the first in a series of events to be held throughout the year and is part of an extensive programme of road safety initiatives being run by partner agencies.

We are extremely concerned by the number of people who have been found to be not wearing seatbelts in Tadcaster. It is incredibly frustrating to see people, not only flouting the law but putting themselves at great risk in the process.

The Selby District Community Safety Partnership is committed to making the roads within the Selby District safer and I would urge all drivers to “belt up” before embarking on any journey, no matter how short that journey may be.”

Station Manager Pugh concludes by saying “Further road safety initiatives are planned throughout the Selby District and will include drink drive, speed awareness, seatbelt and motorbike safety campaigns.”

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