Friday, April 12, 2013

Make it “Click”

The Traffic Safety Section and the Community Policing Section will be participating in a Seatbelt Awareness Enforcement Event this morning, April 12th. 

The enforcement teams will monitor areas in and around area elementary schools for seatbelt and other violations which have received repeated complaints in the past.

According to NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012 representing a two percent increase over the previous year.

Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary belt laws (Kansas), which permit law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seat belt rather than requiring additional traffic violations.

Buckling up your seat belt has been proven to be the single most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes. Most people who die in collisions are not wearing a safety belt.