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Paragould, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Region 8 police cracking down on seatbelt law

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Paragould, AR (KAIT) -  Buckle up or pay up, that's the word from the Paragould Police Department.

The City of Paragould has documented 88 citations for seatbelt violations since the inception of that law on June 30th," said Corporal Brad Snyder.

Corporal Brad Snyder ,with the Paragould Police Department, says while some of those citations were from  Arkansas State Police and Highway Police, he says the majority were from Paragould Police Department...sending a clear message.

"We're going to have no tolerance for seat belt violations," said Snyder.

Snyder says they've been participating in a federally funded program through Arkansas State Police Highway Safety office.  It was through that, he says PPD was already running a seat belt enforcement program.   With this new law, he says the program will be even more stringent.  The goal is to get people to buckle up.

"I've worked many wrecks whether it was fatal or with serious injury that could have been prevented by wearing a safety belt,"said Snyder.  

If a citation doesn't get your attention, the fine probably will. Snyder says in Greene County, a seat belt violation will cost you 125 dollars and it will go on your driving record.  Snyder says not wearing it could cost you a whole lot more.

"The fine is not the issue.   We want people to reduce the injury or even death for that matter by wearing their seatbelt,"said Snyder.

It's for that reason that Snyder says if getting people to buckle up means writing more tickets...

"I'll write them all day long--you bet, it's worth it," said Snyder.

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