Drivers in the north-east of England are being warned that they could face penalties for not wearing their seat belts.
Cleveland police are participating in a Europe-wide campaign aimed at improving road safety between September 8th and 14th.
Over the course of the week, officers will be stopping cars whose occupants are not wearing seatbelts and will issue offenders with fixed penalty notices that could impact upon the cost of their car insurance premiums.
Acting inspector Gary Hatton, head of Cleveland police road policing unit, said: “Drivers have a legal and moral duty to themselves and their passengers to ensure that everyone in their vehicle, and especially a child, is wearing a seat restraint before moving off.”
The force will be paying “particular attention” to whether children are wearing seatbelts ahead of the new school year.
In related news, central Scotland police recently urged motorists to drive with more care as children return to school.