CPD Chief Hyde announces strict seat belt enforcement emphasis

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CALERA  – Beginning Feb. 26 through March 9, 2018, the Calera Police Department will join other Oklahoma law enforcement agencies to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes involving unbuckled teens.

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2016, 38 teens ages 14-19 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes. Sadly, 21 of these teens could have increased their chances of survival by wearing a seat belt. That’s why Chief Hyde is reminding all Oklahoma drivers, passengers, and particularly teens to buckle up “every trip, every time.”

In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma will be extra vigilant when patrolling around local schools. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement emphasis. Officers will issue citations to anyone who does not obey Oklahoma traffic laws, particularly those failing to wear seat belts.

“Even one teen death is unacceptable,” Hyde said. “Please buckle up, slow down, and devote full attention to driving.”

For more information about Oklahoma’s seat belt and child restraint laws, visit www.ohso.ok.gov.

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