(05/22/19) Memorial weekend is just around the corner and Arkansas is putting out more police patrols to make sure you buckle-up.
“We want to make sure we’re out there enforcing wearing their seatbelts and make sure people are being safe,” Corporal Chris Lynch said.
The Arkansas State Police announced a state-wide campaign for drivers to “Click it or Ticket”. It’s something they do when holidays come around because there are always more drivers on the roadways.
“It’s regrettable that some peole have to be threatened with law enforcement or a ticket to get them to do something that is going to keep them safe,” Dave Miller said.
It’s a safety precaution that only takes a matter of seconds. It’s not just precaution for the driver but passengers as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed during 2017 in U.S. motor vehicle crashes. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.
“It’s very disheartening when you see somebody lose a life where if all they had is their seatbelt on, they would’ve made it,” Corporal Lynch said.
Law enforcement officers say there will be no excuses if a violator is stopped. A ticket can cost up to $25 and anyone found breaking the law will be fined.