With over 1,000 people being prosecuted in 2018 for not wearing their seatbelt the Hertfordshire Constabulary is urging people to belt up and save their lives.

Casualty Reduction Sergeant Ian Manley from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit said: “We see the serious and horrific consequences not wearing a seatbelt can have to those in a car, and on their families and friends who are affected by what has happened.

“A few seconds is nothing in comparison to the possibility of not suffering serious injury or death on our roads.”

You can receive a fine of up to £500 if you are caught. By county, the numbers are as follows:

Hertfordshire 321

Bedfordshire 306

Cambridgeshire 392

Sgt Manley added: “We are absolutely committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

“We conduct proactive patrols on a daily basis but during the month of March, in support of the National Police Chief’s Council campaign which beings today (March 4), we will be paying particular attention to those not wearing seatbelts.

“Putting your seatbelt on should be automatic as soon as you get in your vehicle. Those few seconds really could make the difference.”