MARQUETTE COUNTY — Seat belts save lives especially during vehicle crashes. Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle and reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent.
Seat belts have saved about 344,448 lives since 1975, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first began recording this data. If everyone had been wearing a seat belt since, an additional 381,787 lives could have been saved.
The officials in the U.P. would like to remind everyone to wear their seat belts while enjoying the holiday weekend.
“So with Memorial Day weekend, that will kick off the outdoor recreation, camping and vacationing season,” explained 1st Lt. Clint Michelin, Michigan State Police. “So with that comes vastly increased traffic volumes, and with increased traffic volumes it is more prone to concur a larger number of traffic crashes.”
The 2019 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 20 – June 2, 2019. Law enforcement will crack down on motorists not wearing their seat belts and it could cost you $65. Avoid the fine and reduce your chance of injury or death in a crash.