State Police Stepping Up Enforcement of Seat Belt Law

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Major Ed Wolfe, commander of the Arkansas highway patrol division, says law enforcement agencies will step up enforcement of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign that began five years ago.  State police will be out, day and night, from May 21 through June 3 joining other agencies nationwide in the enforcement effort.

Motorists in Arkansas and around the country apparently aren't using their seat belts as much when they drive at night, judging from a higher incidence of nighttime traffic fatalities.

Wolfe says police will be stepping up enforcement of seat belt laws to save lives, and he urges Arkansans to remind their family and friends who don't wear seat belts to buckle up or expect a ticket.

In 2005, 234 people died in Arkansas traffic fatalities in passenger vehicle accidents in the 12-hour period beginning at 6 p.m.  Of those, 76 percent were not using their seat belts.  The National Highway Safety Administration says the rate drops to 61 percent for the same group during daytime hours.

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