State Police Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend Seat Belt Effort

MAY 20, 2005 - Posted at 4:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Police announced today that the state will participate in a national "Click It or Ticket" campaign to boost seat belt use.  The state campaign is designed to educate Arkansans on safety belt laws and to enforce those laws during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Statistics show that Arkansas' average safety belt use rate is 64 percent.  Since the state started the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in 2002, that rate has increased by 18 percent.

The new campaign is an enforcement effort - people can get tickets if they are pulled over for other offenses and aren't wearing seat belts.  For passengers under 15, not wearing a seat belt is a "primary" offense and that alone could get someone pulled over.

State Police also said the recent "Buckle Up In Your Truck" campaign will be emphasized with enforcement.  One out of every four vehicles registered in Arkansas is a pickup truck.

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