Law enforcement increasing focus on seat belt law
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 23, 2009 - 12:42pm
Buckle up -- that's the message from local law enforcement.
The State Police announced increased seatbelt enforcement and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office will join the effort, according to Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble.
"There have been a number of deaths recently that would not have occurred had the victims been wearing their seat belt and shoulder harness," Dibble said in a press release.
The law requires all occupants in a moving vehicle to be wearing a restraint system that includes lap belts and shoulder harnesses.
It is also important to understand that both the seat belt and shoulder harness make up the occupant restraint system that is designed to keep a crash victim from leaving their seat. The use of just the seat belt without the shoulder harness is illegal, and greatly decreases the effectiveness of the system. The law requires the proper use of both the seat belt and the shoulder harness. Those that buckle their seat belt, but slide the shoulder harness behind their shoulder, are in violation of the law and will be ticketed. Unfortunately, too many people believe that wearing just the lap belt is legal.
Anyone who has a medical excuse for not wearing the restraint system must have a doctor's note with them to show a police officer.
Seat belts and shoulder harnesses reduce injuries and save lives. Put them on and make sure everyone in your car does the same.