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Warning as seatbelt fines double

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Police urge all motorists to wear seatbelts on every trip

Motorists across Scotland are being warned fines for seatbelt and number plate offences have doubled to £60.

The new legislation came into effect at 0001 BST on Wednesday.

The higher fines will be imposed for people not wearing seatbelts and for obscuring, misrepresenting or not displaying a registration plate.

However, drivers will not receive points on their licences. Police said seatbelts helped reduce the number of injuries sustained in crashes.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "We are committed to reducing the number of casualties and offences on our roads and welcome any legislation that can assist us in achieving that goal.

"A number of car occupants would sustain less serious injuries if they wore a seatbelt. We see this almost every day.

"The vast majority of motorists adhere to the laws of the road out of respect for their own personal safety and the safety of others. However, those who opt to ignore or disobey the law will quickly find themselves out of pocket."

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