Dorset

More than 1,000 Dorset motorists flout seat belt laws

As part of a road safety crackdown 1,600 motorists were caught not wearing a seatbelt on Dorset's roads.

The motorists were caught during the first sixth months of a year-long initiative called No Excuse being led by Dorset Road Safe.

A further 700 people were caught using their mobile phones while driving, police said.

The county council said about 1,300 fines were also issued for various driving offences during the last month.

Dorset Road Safe is a partnership including Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and Dorset Safety Camera Partnership.

Ch Insp Bob Nichols, Dorset Police's head of special operations, said: "There continues to be an unacceptable number of motorists who are prepared to risk their own lives and those of others by refusing to comply with laws designed to prevent tragedies."

Robert Smith, the county council's road safety manager, said: "Being distracted or not wearing a seatbelt while on the move can have fatal consequences for you, your passengers and other road users.

"Brain-in-gear, mobile off, seatbelt on."

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