Marius St car stop by Oxley Highway Patrol in Tamworth ends in hefty fines for driver

A DRIVER has been slugged with almost thousands in fines after one of his passengers was spotted without a seatbelt on in Tamworth.

Highway patrol officers were on Marius St about 6.50pm on Monday when they spotted five people in a silver sedan.

Police said the back passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and stopped the vehicle.

Police carried out checks on the vehicle which revealed the registration had expired in December, last year.

Checks also showed the driver had failed to notify the RMS of a change in his residential address within 14 days, despite telling officers he moved more than six months ago.

The driver was charged with five offences and slugged with $2383 in fines and also lost three demerit points while the passenger was fined $325.

"A seatbelt will save your life in a collision and as a driver we need to be responsible for a passengers and remind them to wear a seat belt, it is not that hard to put a seat belt on,” Sergeant Michael Buko told The Leader.

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