19 May, 2017
Local law enforcement agencies will step up their efforts to ticket anyone who isn't wearing a seat belt from May 22 to June 4.
"Seat belts are little miracle workers that keep drivers in their seats instead of being of moving around inside the vehicle or worse yet, being ejected", said Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. Ongoing efforts to increase seat belt use have seen results, with Guam's current seat belt usage rate of over 90%.
There are other ways to improve highway safety.
When the "Click It or Ticket" campaign was launched in 2002 there was about 76 Texans who used their seat belts.
The Worcester Police Department as well as the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Mass State Police and over 200 MA police departments will participate in the national Click it or Ticket campaign. During these hours motorists can expect high visibility checkpoints at well-traveled state border sites.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained.
Locally, Barnegat police gave out seven seat belt violation summonses during last year's initiative.
Minnesotans are among the best in the country when it comes to wearing seat belts with 93 percent of motorists buckling up, the DPS says.
In Virginia, the law states that "Pursuant to Virginia State Code §46.2-1094, occupants of front seats who are 16 years or older are required to use safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses".
Ejection from the vehicle remains one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. Children 8 years and younger must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4-feet 9-inches.
With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend and the anticipation of warmer weather, road trips, barbecues and fun at the lake, seat belt safety should be a part of every Minnesotan's plans, the OTS reports. Daylight or darkness law enforcement will be out enforcing seat belt laws that have proven to save lives.