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Over 2,000 caught without seatbelts

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Over 2,000 drivers caught not wearing their seatbelts have been prosecuted in Wales during a month-long campaign run by the country's three police forces, fire and ambulance services, as well as local authorities.

As part of the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, motorists and passengers were warned about the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt, with those caught without one facing a fine.

Those fined for flouting the law are likely to see an increase in their car insurance premiums.

A total of 2,224 seatbelt offences were detected, police said.

The Gwent area saw the highest number of seatbelt offences, at 812, while 514 offenders were prosecuted in South Wales.

A total of 699 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt in the Dyfed Powys force area, while North Wales saw a total of 209 offences.

Of the total offences recorded across the country, 46 were in relation to allowing child passengers to travel without belting up.

Anyone booked for not wearing a seatbelt can receive a £60 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court where the fine could be as high as £500.

© Press Association 2011