Sussex Police fine seven in Eastbourne school safety drive

Seven drivers have been fined during a road safety campaign by Sussex Police outside an Eastbourne primary school.

Police ran the operation outside Tollgate Community Junior School on Friday in response to concerns by residents and parents about road safety outside schools in the area.

Five drivers not wearing seatbelts and two using mobile phones were fined.

Officers said the drivers caught using their phones would also get three points on their licence.

Police community support officer Andy Monico said the aim was to ensure parents and children started the new school year safely.

"Remember that outside every school each morning and afternoon there will be a lot of children that drivers need to be aware of," he said.

PC Trevor Scott said failing to wear a seatbelt had been identified as one of the four main factors influencing the number of deaths in road traffic collisions.

He said research showed about half of all car occupants who died in accidents in the EU could have survived if they had worn their seat belt.

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