Buckle up: Washington police step up seat belt enforcement patrols

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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.

Poedubicky said a key focus of this year's campaign is to promote seat belt use by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front and rear.

Of those auto crashes, more than 300 people have died. The minimum fine for not wearing a seat belt is $102.

In New York State, seat belt usage is 90%. "Simply buckling up can save your life and the life of your passenger". Children less than 6 years of age and weighing less than 60 pounds should be restrained in a child passenger safety seat.

Officers stress this campaign is not about writing more tickets but saving more lives.

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"Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash", said Harris.

Most Washingtonians care enough about their personal safety to buckle up - 95 percent use seat belts, according to a new report from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Slightly less than 94 percent of drivers in Spokane County use their seat belts.

With summer rapidly approaching and area schools releasing students for summer vacation, the RPD are frequent participants in a seat belt "Click it or Ticket" campaigns. Local officers are reminding drivers to stay safe on the roads.

"Seat belts are the first line of defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash and buckling up is the number one thing drivers and passengers can do to keep themselves safe in a auto", Major James B. Basinger, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol, said in a release. So please keep in mind to Click It or Ticket. "We don't want to have to write you a ticket, so please buckle-up, every trip, every time".

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