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March 29, 2020
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Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Underway
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Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Underway

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.  Between February 3, 2020 and February 16, 2020, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is utilizing grant funding to put more deputies on the streets with a focus on seat belt usage. 

We urge everyone, whether you are a driver or a passenger, to use your seat belt! Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

In 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 people from dying. From 2011 to 2015 seat belts saved nearly 64,000 lives—enough people to fill a large sports arena.

 Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. In fact, if you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag; a movement of such force could injure or even kill you. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/airbags for more on air bag safety.

With seat belts, proper fit matters. To be sure your seat belt fits you better here are some tips to consider. Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.  Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit. If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders. If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.

For more information on seat belt safety for children and pregnant women, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov/seatbelts. You will find information on when your child is ready for an adult seat belt and NHTSA’s seat belt recommendations for pregnant women to buckle up the right way every trip, every time.

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