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Forces plan road safety action day

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Scottish police forces are gearing up for a crackdown on people driving without a seatbelt to mark the launch of the United Nations' (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Motorists caught not wearing a seatbelt risk a fine or penalty points on their licence and a possible increase in their car insurance premiums.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) said the day of action, which will take place on Wednesday, will also target speeding drivers.

Acpos wants to highlight the dangers associated with not wearing a seatbelt and driving over the speed limit - which it says is a "major cause of accidents".

Chief Superintendent Charlie Common of Lothian and Borders Police, who is the Acpos lead on casualty reduction, said: "Speaking on behalf of Acpos, I often promote national campaigns and express my disappointment at the number of people who continue to take unacceptable risks and endanger the lives of road users.

"Over the next 10 years we will be working towards stringent targets in relation to casualty reduction and the type of action we intend to take on Wednesday forms part of that work.

"Once again, extra patrols will be evident and I would encourage all road users to obey the speed limits and take the essential precaution of ensuring that seat belts are worn."

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