Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 11, 2009

05-12-08 Motorist Alert: Officers Watching for Seat Belts!

05-12-08 Motorist Alert: Officers Watching for Seat Belts!

    Boise, May 12, 2009 - Boise Police are sending a word to the wise... Click It or Ticket!

    Boise Police Officers will have extra traffic patrols on the streets this month. While watching for traffic violations, officers will be paying special attention to seat belts! Those not buckled up risk a ticket. 

    The extra Boise PD patrols are part of a nationwide seat belt enforcement campaign beginning Monday, May 18th through Sunday, May 31st. Boise Police have received a $25,000 grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety to pay for overtime for officers on these special traffic safety patrols.

    "We know that more people hit the road in the summer, and our goal is to keep Idahoans safe," said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motor Unit who is helping organize the extra seat belt patrols.

    "More of us say we're vacationing closer to home this year, which means we'll be driving Idaho roads with more of our friends and neighbors. We know that wearing seat belts saves lives. We hope this campaign reminds everyone to think about their safety and the safety of their loved ones," said Officer Wills.

    The following points about seat belt safety are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:


Buckling up saves lives
- Of those passenger vehicle occupants who were buckled up and involved in fatal crashes in 2007, 72 percent survived the crashes; moreover, seat belts are credited with saving an estimated 15,147 lives nationwide during that year.

Motor vehicle crashes kill thousands - In 2007 alone, 41,059 people were killed on our Nation’s highways, and for young people 3 to 6 years old and 8 to 34 years old, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death, based on leading-cause of-death data.

Too many still don’t take belt laws seriously - Surveys show teens and young adults, nighttime drivers of every age, young men 18 to 34, and pickup drivers and their passengers continue to have some of the lowest belt usage rates nationwide.

Thousands die unbuckled - Motorists who fail to wear seat belts regularly risk not only a ticket, but their lives - over 14,000 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2007 were NOT buckled up.