By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Preston Police are joining with the Idaho State Police and Idaho Transportation Department this week in a seat-belt safety campaign aimed at making local and state highways safer.
The statewide effort started on Feb. 8 and will end on Sunday, Feb. 17. Officials said during the effort officers will increase enforcement of all traffic laws and cite those drivers or occupants who are not wearing seat belts.
Sheriff Dave Fryar said locally, one full day will be devoted to this effort by the department. “We certainly encourage all motorists and passengers to use seatbelts every time they get into a vehicle. Seat belts do save lives,” Fryar said.
The Preston Police Department will also participate in the campaign. Officers will encourage seatbelt use and violators will be cited, according to Chief Ken Geddes.
In 2011, 77 Idahoans lost their lives in crashes where they were unrestrained. Studies have shown seatbelts cut in half the likelihood of serious injury or death in the event of a crash. This means there are nearly 40 lives that could have been saved in Idaho alone last year, had the individuals been wearing their seatbelts, according to Idaho State Police officials.
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