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Cornwall Police Launch a Seatbelt Crackdown

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8:00am 15th September 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that people are being killed in Cornwall because they are not wearing their seatbelts.

Drivers and passengers are being reminded to belt-up as part of a safety campaign.

Police officers are tackling seatbelt offences by carrying out checks across the Duchy.

If you are caught not wearing yours you could be charged a £100 fixed penalty.

Within 3 hours of a road safety operation, PC Dave Trowt found 10 people not wearing their seatbelts. They claimed they were only going on short journeys and so thought they did not need them.

He said: "Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way of reducing serious and fatal injuries in a collision. It is crucial to wear a seatbelt where an airbag is fitted as not doing so increases the chance of injury by up to nine times. Seatbelts save thousands of lives each year and too many people are injured or even killed because they don't wear them."

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of not wearing your seatbelt.

8:00am 15th September 2013

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