Scotland

Police 'disappointed' after seat belt crackdown

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Image caption Three of the people caught not wearing a seat belt were children

A total of 428 drivers and 26 passengers have been caught not wearing a seat belt in a Scotland-wide crackdown by police.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) said the latest figures were "extremely disappointing".

It follows a day of action involving officers from the country's eight police forces.

Three of the passengers found not to be strapped in were children.

The crackdown, which took place on 11 May and was aimed at promoting road safety, also saw officers detect 264 speeding offences, with five people reported for dangerous driving and a further three for careless driving.

Ch Supt Charlie Common, of Lothian and Borders Police, said the figures were of "great concern".

"These figures are extremely disappointing and reinforce the need for campaigns," he said.

"I cannot emphasise enough the part speeding has to play in accidents and how much the risk of injury is increased through failure to wear a seatbelt.

"Wednesday's results show that far too many people continue to ignore our warnings and disregard the law."

In the Dumfries and Galloway force area, a child not wearing a belt was sitting on a front seat.

In Dunfermline, a motorist was clocked driving at 45mph in a 20mph limit past a school during school hours.

Meanwhile, in Angus a motorcyclist was reported for dangerous driving after colliding with a parked car and causing a child who was the pillion passenger to fall and fracture an ankle.

Two people were arrested for drink-driving in the Strathclyde force area, with 131 people found to be ignoring speed limits.

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