Local and state law enforcement agencies will be carrying out extra seat belt enforcement patrols around the Memorial Day holiday from May 22-June 4 as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative Colonel Bill Bryant said, “Our state troopers see the personal and tragic results when motorists fail to buckle-up and there are terrible injuries and loss of life. It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle, just buckle-up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of the drivers and passengers killed in vehicle crashes during 2015 were not wearing a seat belt.  The percentage of fatalities in this category increases during the nighttime hours.

The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office urges everyone to buckle up, every trip, every time, day and night, especially during the upcoming holiday when more motorists will be on the road.

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just drivers, to buckle-up.  The law requires all children, under fifteen years of age, to be properly secured in the vehicle.  A child who is less than six years of age and who weighs less than sixty pounds shall be restrained in a child passenger safety seat. If the driver has a restricted license, all passengers in the vehicle must be properly buckled up.

For more information about “Click it or Ticket” and how seat belts save lives, click on nhtsa.gov/ciot or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136.  Information about Arkansas’ ongoing “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign can be found at TZDarkansas.org.

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