ISP patrols emphasize safety, seat belt use
ITD is partnering with the Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by funding high-visibility seat belt patrols beginning today and continuing through Feb. 17. During the campaign, officers will increase enforcement of traffic laws and cite those drivers or occupants who are not seat-belted.
This means there are nearly 40 lives that could have been saved in Idaho alone last year, if vehicle occupants had worn their seatbelts. In addition, 278 Idahoans sustained critical injuries in crashes where they were unrestrained.
"Occupants in a vehicle who are unrestrained during a crash can move around in a vehicle like a projectile, potentially striking and injuring or killing other occupants in the car", says Sgt. Scott Zaugg. "The choice to wear a seatbelt is about personal accountability, not avoiding a citation; choose to wear your seatbelt so that you can protect your loved ones, remain in control of your vehicle, and avoid serious injury or death in the event of a crash."