The Winnfield Police Department is participating in the National Highway Safety Administration’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign that started May 24 and will continue through June 6. The department was awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to heavily enforce driver and occupant safety belt use during this time.
There was a recent reminder as our city experienced a fatality death at the intersection of US Hwys 167N and 84W just last month. That driver was not wearing his safety belt at the time.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. As you head out around the Memorial Day holiday, you’ll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket. This campaign reminds drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling and the legal consequences – including fines – for not wearing a seat belt.
Always Remember to Buckle Up
In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States. While that was a decrease from 2018, an early study for 2020 suggests that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly. Of those drivers who remained on the roads, there was more risky behavior, including people not wearing seat belts.
Buckle Up the Right Way
Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. And remember: always buckle up
Seat Belt Safety Starts With You–Your kids are watching
Children whose parents or caregivers buckle up are much more likely to buckle up themselves.