Thursday, May 19, 2011

Seatbelt Enforcement Mobilization

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

Idaho State Police
Regional Communication Center - North
615 W Wilbur Ave
Suite A
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815
(208) 209-8620 FAX: (208) 209-8619


Captain Lonnie Richardson
Region Two Commander-Lewiston
(208) 799-5150


Wearing your seatbelt could save your life or significantly reduce injuries should you be involved in a motor vehicle crash.
To support the statewide highway safety goal of reducing motor vehicle related deaths and serious injuries by increasing the use of safety restraints, the Idaho State Police will be participating in enforcement mobilization patrols throughout the region specifically targeting those not utilizing safety restraints from May 23-June 7, 2011. The effort is part of Idaho's "Toward Zero Deaths" goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho's roads. Traffic deaths are not just numbers. They are family members and friends lost. Safety restraints, when used, are the most effective safety feature ever introduced for vehicles, cutting in half the likelihood for fatal and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes.

Safety restraints are not optional in Idaho. Idaho Code 49-673, passed in 1986, requires that everyone in a vehicle be properly re-strained. In recent years, 59% of vehicle occupants killed in Idaho were not restrained and 305 unrestrained vehicle occupants were critically injured in traffic crashes. The Idaho State Police would encourage you to be a responsible safe driver by obeying the traffic laws and wearing your seatbelt. Remember, "Click It Don't Risk It".