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Buckle Up. No Excuses.

Date Posted: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Categories:  News Office of Highway Safety Safety and Homeland Security

OHS and Delaware Police Officers continue seat belt enforcement

 Dover –  Did you know that not everyone buckles up when they get into a vehicle? Of the twenty-nine (29) vehicle occupants killed this year in Delaware, 53% were not wearing a seat belt.  That is one of many reasons the Office of Highway Safety along with officers from participating State, County and municipal law enforcement agencies are continuing to enforce Delaware’s seat belt law.  Dedicated overtime patrols start July 21st and run through August 8th.

This high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign is aimed at saving lives by encouraging more people to wear their seat belts.  Enforcement will take place daily with much of the enforcement occurring in the afternoons and evenings when the majority of unrestrained injury and fatal crashes happen.

Delaware law requires the driver and all passengers, including those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt.  An officer can stop a driver if any person in the vehicle is not wearing a seat belt.  Officers will be operating on a zero tolerance basis during the campaign.  The ticket, which goes to the driver no matter who is unbuckled in the vehicle, totals $83.50.

Enforcement is being accompanied by a statewide public awareness effort in the form of radio, T.V., and internet advertising.

For more information on OHS campaigns and enforcement results, please visit www.ohs.delaware.gov/seatbelts,  follow us on Twitter @DEHighwaySafe or like us on Facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE.

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