Not belting up could become a costly business as from last Saturday (11 November) 50 new cameras designed to spot drivers and passengers not wearing their seatbelts came officially into operation.

Anybody that is beltless will face a fine of up to 200 euro, and if they are behind the wheel, they will also be docked three points on their driving license.

For the last few months, those drivers who were caught on these cameras not wearing a seatbelt would only receive a letter informing them they had been seen and reminding them of the dangers, but would not be fined unless they were actually caught by an officer at the roadside.

But from last Saturday, anyone recorded being unbelted on the new cameras will be fined, and the offender will receive a letter with a photograph as proof in the same way as they would if they were caught by a speed camera.

These 50 cameras are the first of over 200 set to come into operation, the rest starting to roll out progressively.

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