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North Wales Police campaign catches more than 500 people not wearing seatbelts

MORE than 500 people were caught without a seat belt in North Wales during a two-week police campaign.

The Welsh awareness campaign was launched in Airbus in Broughton on March 12 with the support of Welsh emergency services, councils and road safety groups.

Officers carried out targeted patrols to stop and, if appropriate, fine drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.

Across Wales 1,917 drivers and passengers were stopped, including 563 in North Wales.

North Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Ian Shannon said: “It is disappointing so many motorists in Wales were caught not wearing a seat belt during this year’s campaign.

“Always wear a seat belt. In a crash you are far more likely to die if you don’t.”

Motorists and passengers who don’t wear a seat belt could receive a £60 fixed penalty notice or a court imposed fine of up to £500.