Police to write more seat belt tickets over Memorial Day

May 21, 2013 

Caldwell police will be stepping up seat belt enforcement in the next two weeks, according to a press release from the department.

Police from more than 70 agencies will participate in the effort that will stretch from May 20 to June 2. Memorial Day travel will be included in the mobilization.

Seat belts reduce the chances of death or serious injury by half when used correctly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Last year, 73 unrestrained people died in Idaho wrecks. Idaho law requires everyone in the vehicle to be properly restrained, not just the driver. Fines for not following the seat belt law range from $10 to $69.

Officers will be writing more tickets for seatbelt violations in the upcoming weeks, said Caldwell Police Lt. Devin Riley. Riley advised drivers to buckle up every time they get into a car.

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