Patrols focusing on seat belts start Monday

Published 12:11 am Saturday, May 19, 2018

LAPLACE — Extra cops in St. John the Baptist Parish are focusing on motorists, making sure they are wearing their seat belts.

The Click It or Ticket campaign runs from Monday through June 3, and sees the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Extra patrols will conduct seat belt checks throughout the parish.

The St. John Sheriff’s Office is promoting seat belt enforcement mobilization since wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent.

In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older.

Click It or Ticket focuses on safety education, strong laws and law enforcement officers saving lives.