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Another police road safety blitz this morning and yesterday netted the usual suspects as a plainclothes ‘spotter’ was busy radioing ahead to uniformed officers by a parking area.
In a 40-minute period on Lincoln Rd on Wednesday, five motorists were detected either not wearing a seat belt or using it incorrectly.
One driver wore the seat belt under her armpit because otherwise it was uncomfortable.
Another said their seat belt hurt their shoulder, prompting an officer to note: “They don’t realise if they have a crash there goes their ribs and there goes their lungs.”
The fine for not wearing a seat belt is $150, while using a cellphone without hands-free technology will cost $150 and 20 demerit points.
Five drivers were pinged for cellphone use yesterday. There were also three licence breaches and several warnings issued.
One woman, stopped because her passenger was not wearing a seat belt, was handed an infringement notice for having her plate number written on cardboard and displayed on the dashboard.
Providing she organised a replacement plate for the front of the car the notice would be waived.
“They’re designed to capture any stones that are flicked out of the tyres. If the tyres sit outside those guards then stones come back and can crack windscreens,” said senior constable James McClurg.
He also patrolled Lincoln Rd during rush hour on May 14, when 14 motorists were fined for cellphone use and seven for not wearing seat belts.
“Again, it’s disappointing,” he said.
“A successful shift would be getting no one, unfortunately that’s a rarity.”