Seat Belt & Child Safety Seat Campaign Starts This Week (Buckle Up)

Seat Belt & Child Safety Seat Campaign Starts This Week (Buckle Up)

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and Coopertown Police Announce Safe Campaign Participation

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: Smokey Barn News) – The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and the Coopertown Police Department are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign.

This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.

“We know the importance of seat belts and that they save lives,” said Chief Deputy Michael Van Dyke with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. “We are grateful for the partnership with the THSO to ensure that the citizens of Robertson County are safer for wearing their seat belt.”

2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results across the state of Tennessee:

• 1,717 child restraint violations
• 21,562 seat belt citations
• 723 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for ninety percent or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.

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  1. Alvin Mohler

    2.5% isn’t a “soaring” increase in seatbelt usage. A little doubtful any usage increase was because of “education.” The program may have generated a soaring increase…an increase in ticket revenue, not seatbelt usage. Checkpoints are a violation of constitutional rights.