Click It Or Ticket: Seat Belt Safety Awareness Month

Buckle up: Washington police step up seat belt enforcement patrols

Our Greene County law enforcement's job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.

Beginning May 21 and running through June 3, the annual initiative high visibility law enforcement seat belt patrols.

"Buckling up is a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the vehicle", said Officer Tim Bales of the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit, in a news release. The minimum fine for not wearing a seat belt is $102.

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"The consistent use of seat belts and child passenger safety seats save lives", PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a release. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. To meet our goals enforcement must continue along with efforts to educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up on every ride. Slightly less than 94 percent of drivers in Spokane County use their seat belts.

Officers stress this campaign is not about writing more tickets but saving more lives. "I am frequently asked why we warn everyone in advance - the bottom line is not issuing citations, but saving lives", Sgt. Campbell said. "Seat belts save lives, and everyone - front seat and back, child and adult - needs to do not forget to buckle up - every trip, every time".

According to a Washington Traffic Safety Commission report, Spokane and Whitman counties lag behind the state with observed seat belt use rates of 93.7 percent and 91.4 percent respectively, Stevens County beats the statewide average slightly with an observed rate of 95.5 percent.

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