Buckle Up – Every Trip, Every Time
Putnam County law enforcement will be out working extra enforcement patrols this spring to ensure that drivers are buckling their seat belts and driving safely.
In 2015, there were 35,092 individuals killed in vehicle crashes in the United States. A total of 9,874 (28%) of them were NOT wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
In West Virginia’s Region 2, in 2014, 24 of the 45 motorists in a vehicle were unrestrained (53%).
On a positive note, in crashes in 2015, 13,941 individuals were considered to have been saved due to the proper use of a safety belt.*
A quick click of your seat belt can save your life and the lives of your passengers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), younger drivers are the most likely to be unbuckled in a fatal crash. In a 2013 study, among passenger vehicle occupant fatalities where seat belt use was known, the age groups 21 to 24 and 25 to 34 had the highest percentage (55%) of occupants killed while not wearing a seatbelt.
During the two-week campaign in 2016 the Safe Traffic Operations Program (STOP) area, which covers Putnam, Mason, Cabell, Wayne, and Mingo Counties, there were 270 seat belt citations issued by various law enforcement agencies. Statewide, there were 1,776 citations issued during the same time period.
“The numbers show that for last year, law enforcement saved a potential of 100 or more lives by just stopping someone who was neglecting to buckle up themselves or their passengers” explains Beau Evans, Traffic Safety Director for the City of Huntington and the STOP Program Coordinator. *
This March, and every day of the year, law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuse approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In West Virginia, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $25.
For more information about this program and others, please visit the safety program Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonHighwaySafetyProgram.