Over 122,000 penalties issued in European seatbelt campaign
Officers in 23 countries across Europe stopped vehicle occupants of all ages who were observed not using seatbelts.
The campaign in February was co-ordinated by TISPOL, the pan-European traffic police organisation.
TISPOL president Javier Sanchez Ferragut said: 'It is well documented that seatbelts significantly reduce the loss of life and degree of severe injury in the event of a road traffic collision. Research provides us with the valuable knowledge that seatbelts save lives. Where vehicle occupants choose not to wear a seatbelt, the law is clear and the police enforce the law as we know lives are saved as a result of seatbelt enforcement. Those people who chose not to wear a seatbelt expose themselves and their fellow passengers to the risk of fatal or serious injury cosequences.'