Buckle up: Washington police step up seat belt enforcement patrols

Buckle up: Washington police step up seat belt enforcement patrols

Law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a national safety campaign during the summer travel season.

"Wearing a seatbelt, either as a driver of passenger, is the essential beginning for staying safe on the road", Campbell said.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that buckling up in a vehicle can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent.

Arkansas State Troopers and other participating Arkansas law enforcement officers will join officers in six states next week in a coordinated Click It or Ticket/Border to Border enforcement operation.

Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Adults and children must use their seat belts and child restraints at all times. Slightly less than 94 percent of drivers in Spokane County use their seat belts.

The campaign will run throughout the month to remind travelers to Click It or Ticket. "I am frequently asked why we warn everyone in advance - the bottom line is not issuing citations, but saving lives", Sgt. Campbell said.

Research has been found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger auto occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

According to the latest statistics, about 9 in 10 motorists consistently wear a seat belt, which law enforcers say makes a big difference when they respond to the scene of a crash.



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