Posted on: Tuesday 25 May 2021
During Global Road Safety Week (17-23 May), the council worked in partnership with Gwent Police, and South Wales Fire and Rescue, to run Operation Option sessions. The sessions highlighted the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt when driving, and allowed partners to engage with those drivers and passengers who break the law by not wearing their seatbelts.
Offending road users were offered the option of either accepting a fine for the offence, or attending an educational session delivered by the fire service.
Drivers and passengers caught failing to wear a seatbelt faced an on-the-spot fine of £100.
Two events were held over the week, and in total 74 people chose the attend the educational sessions, 3 people took the fine, and 2 vehicles were seized.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Road safety is so important, and not wearing a seatbelt is one of the top five causes of fatalities in the event of a collision.
“We hope that the 74 people who attended the educational session now better appreciate the importance of wearing a seatbelt”
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