Ninety six fixed penalty notices have been issued by Wiltshire Police as part of a national crackdown on wearing seatbelts.

The three week campaign aimed to keep road users safe by increasing awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt in a vehicle.

Inspector Mark Freeman, who leads Wiltshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Nationally around 1 in 4 fatalities is caused by people not wearing a seatbelt. If you are involved in a collision whilst not wearing a seatbelt you are more likely to be seriously injured or even killed.

“Wearing a Seatbelt has been law since 1983, so if the vehicle has been fitted with a seatbelt there is no excuse not to wear it. If our campaign makes just one driver stop and think – we could have saved a life and this would be worth all the effort.”

Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a fine of up to £500.

When travelling with children under 14 the driver is responsible for making sure the children are using the appropriate restraint for their age and height.