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Capac police chief espouses use of seat belts to save lives


To the Editor:

Michigan boasts the highest seat belt use rate in the country at 97.2 percent, so why is the Capac Police Department concentrating on safety belt enforcement in May? Because, quite simply, seat belts save lives.

Wearing a seat belt is the easiest and most effective way to stay safe in a crash, but for some that's not reason enough. For those people we hope the $65 price tag on a seat belt ticket will convince them to buckle up.

The Capac Police Department is joining approximately 300 Michigan law enforcement agencies focusing on unbuckled motorists as part of the national 'Click It or Ticket' mobilization May 18-31.

In 2008, about 41 percent of the people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan were not wearing seat belts. That's over 440 people who might still be alive if they had buckled up.

The 'Click It or Ticket' campaign is funded by federal traffic safety dollars.

Michigan law requires all drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any position in the vehicle to be buckled up.

Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8-years old or 4'9" tall. Children must be in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Capac Police Department at 395-4355.

Chief Steve Reibel, Capac Police Department
May 13, 2009

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