CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Police and safety officials in Carbondale are reminding residents to fasten their seatbelts over the New Year holiday period or run the risk of receiving a ticket.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. They say research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent.
“Whether you’re going across town or across the street this holiday season, please make sure you and everyone riding with you are wearing their seat belts,” said Jody O’Guinn, Chief of Police. “You may be enjoying the holiday, but rest assured that police will still be out in force, as part of this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign, making sure motorist road trips are as safe as possible.”