If you’re going to be out on State Highway 66 on Friday, you might better pay attention. And that’s not just around the Oklahoma City metro area.
Here’s the word from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol:
“Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66” crackdown continues
Eight states to take part in seat belt crackdown Feb. 3
This Friday, law enforcement agencies across eight states will be taking part in an unprecedented “Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66” seat belt crackdown, enforcing seat belt and child passenger safety laws. The quarterly crackdown runs for 24 hours on Friday, Feb. 3.
Highway patrol troopers and state police officers from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois have joined with Oklahoma in enforcing seat belt laws along the famed “Mother Road,” said OHP Lt. Ben Crockett, coordinator for the program.
The Route 66 enforcement effort began in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma. The 24-hour mobilizations take place once each quarter along Route 66 and routinely involve multi-state and multi-agency cooperation.
“Fastening your seat belt and making sure your kids are properly buckled up is such an easy thing to do, and it’s the best way to protect yourself in the event of a crash,” Crockett said. “It’s great to have the other states along Route 66 joining us in this important effort to save lives.”
Historic Route 66 runs from Chicago, Ill., to Los Angeles, Calif.
In Oklahoma in 2010, 55.7 percent (267 of 479) of all fatalities in passenger vehicles/pickup truck crashes were people not wearing seat belts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13,000 lives are saved across the country every year by seat belts and child restraints, and motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.
“We want everyone to buckle up – every trip, every time,” Crockett said. “Whether you’re driving in a city or in an urban area, using your seat belt is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe. And during the Route 66 crackdown, we’ll be reminding people that using a seat belt is not only a smart decision, it’s the law.”
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