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Arkansas joining seat belt enforcement plan

Arkansas joining seat belt enforcement plan

The public is invited to attend a free event for the 2018 Click It or Ticket Kickoff 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the Herman N. Menapace Health & Education Center, 1141 N. Monroe Drive. During the campaign, officials say law enforcement will adopt a "zero-tolerance approach toward violators". As a result, officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired driving arrests.

Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Buckling up is the law.

"Seat belts are the first line of defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash and buckling up is the number one thing drivers and passengers can do to keep themselves safe in a auto", Major James B. Basinger, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol, said in a release. That's why police around the country want you to "Click it or Ticket". To meet our goals enforcement must continue along with efforts to educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up on every ride.

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year's campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. Included is a national publicity campaign created to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just drivers, be properly buckled up.