|Patrol reminds motorists that safety belts save lives|
|Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:40 PM|
LIMA - There is simply no disputing that wearing a safety belt can save your life. That is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is encouraging all motorists to buckle-up this upcoming holiday season and continue to do so throughout the New Year. From 2010-12, 1,193 people were killed in crashes who were not wearing an available safety belt.
“It’s simple - safety belts save lives and reduce injury in crashes,” said Lt. Brant Zemelka, commander of the Lima Post. “It is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 340 lives were saved in Ohio and 11,949 were saved nationwide in 2011 as a direct result of motorists buckling-up. Using a safety belt remains the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
According to Ohio’s 2012 Observational Seatbelt Survey, 82 percent of motorists were found to be in compliance with Ohio’s safety belt law. While these rates appear high, far too many Ohioans still do not buckle-up.
Ohio’s safety belt law remains a secondary violation, however troopers continue zero tolerance enforcement when motorists are stopped for other violations and are found to not be wearing their belt. Last year, troopers wrote 94,461 citations for failure to wear a safety belt.
Troopers ask that you wear your safety belt every time and insist that those who travel with you buckle-up as well. For a complete statistical analysis of safety belt violations, please visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Safety_Belt_Bulletin_2013.pdf.
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.