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Seat belt offences - 042/18

Date Responded 17 January 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Please can you provide figures for over the past three years relating to Fixed Penalty Notices for the below offences recorded by your police force (2015, 2016, & 2017):

 a.         Carry child in rear-facing restraint in front seat w/o deactivated airbag

b.         Child front - Failing to wear seat belt

c.         Child rear - Failing to wear seat belt

d.         Drive motor vehicle with child U. 3 yrs not wearing rear seat belt

e.         Rear seat belt not fitted - child under 12 year and not 150 cm tall

f.          Adult front passenger - Failing to wear seat belt

g.         Adult rear passenger - Failing to wear seat belt

h.         Driver - Failing to wear seat belt

If time restraints do not allow, please prioritise by year with the most recent (2017) first.

 After we advised, you confirmed that you would be happy for information generated from the Fixed Penalty Unit only.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

 I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.

 The wording provided is the correct wording for the offences as per the legislation. These figures relates to the number of offences identified for the specific offence and processed through the FPU

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