Bulgaria is among European Union countries taking part in a campaign from March 12 to 18 2018 in which traffic police will check whether drivers and passengers are wearing seatbelts.
Also to be checked as part of the campaign, under the auspices of European traffic police network Tispol, will be whether children are strapped into proper child safety seats and motorcyclists are wearing crash helmets.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said that traffic police also would check whether motorists had compulsory liability insurance.
In a separate statement, Tispol said that vehicle occupants who did not wear their seatbelt would be “issued with a penalty.”
“We urge drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers, by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt on every road journey. After all, the use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions,” Tispol president Paolo Cestra said.
During previous seatbelt operations officers have recorded upwards of 100 000 people not wearing a seatbelt.
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