Over 20 drivers with children in their cars have been stopped this morning by police working to ensure children arriving at a Stoke-on-Trent school are wearing seat-belts.
All those stopped outside Mill Hill Primary School were witnessed by police driving vehicles carrying children who were not wearing their seatbelt.
The drivers will now be reported and face a £100 fine. Some may be given the alternative option of paying an administration fee and attending a driver education course.
The operation was organised by PCSO Kirsty Lovatt from the Stoke North Local Policing Team. She said: “I have been working for some time to tackle road safety issues, and in particular parking, outside the school in Sunnyside Avenue. However I could see many children at risk because they were not wearing their seat-belt and I have been working to educate parents with the support of the school. However, it was clear the message wasn’t getting through.
“It is vital children are properly seated and wearing seatbelts at all times when travel in any vehicle. I hope today’s safety push will encourage parents to ensure their children are safe and that they understand they are responsible for ensuring children are properly seated and their seatbelts are worn.”