Conway police focus on seat belt safety

Posted on May 20, 2010

The Conway, South Carolina police department has announced that they will crackdown on seat belt violations during this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. With tourists coming to the area to visit the beach, traffic increases and the likelihood of getting involved in an accident goes up. Police will focus both on seat belt enforcement and on educating the public on the importance of wearing seat belts, which are lifesaving in crashes. Their message overall will be, "Buckle up, Conway."

It is estimated that one person dies every hour in the United States because he or she was not wearing a seat belt. Law enforcement believes that many highway fatalities are preventable if drivers and passengers would simply buckle up.

The Conway blitz is in line with the national campaign running from May 24-June 6 entitled "Click it or Ticket." The campaign has helped increase the national average seat belt use to 84 percent. The primary audience tends to be men ages 18-34, who are less likely than any other demographic to wear seat belts. The campaign is meant to encourage seat belt use "day and night" as law enforcement issues tickets to violators and promotes safe driving.

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