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TISPOL's pan-European seatbelt operation catches more than 125,000 offenders

TISPOL, the pan-European traffic police organisation, has released the figures from a week-long police enforcement campaign that it coordinated against drivers and passengers not using seatbelts. The campaign, which took place in March, involved police officers in 24 European countries who stopped drivers of all ages that were breaking seatbelt laws. The campaign resulted in 125,422 penalties being issued, with 9,234 of those offenses relating to children not wearing seatbelts or other appropriate safety restraints. Of the total offenses committed, 116,188 involved front occupants and 9,234 in the rear seats. During the week of the seatbelt operation, officers also detected a variety of other offenses, including 41 connected with illegal immigration and human trafficking, 192 cases of drug possession, 22 firearms infringements and 35 involving stolen goods.

TISPOL, which is part-funded by the European Commission, has been established by the traffic police forces of Europe, in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the continent’s roads. Commenting on the results of the campaign, the organization’s president, Pasi Kemppainen, said, “We carry out these enforcement campaigns because too many people are dying unnecessarily through not wearing a seatbelt. We therefore want to make it clear how important it is for all occupants to wear seatbelts. This means everybody is better protected and has less chance of sustaining fatal injuries in a road collision. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way of saving lives and reducing injuries in road crashes. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of choice and we will continue to use vigorous enforcement strategies that back up the continuing education campaigns.”

May 18, 2012

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