THP Stopping Cars, Checking Seat Belts

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in full-force this weekend and troopers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belt.

The THP will be checking for seat belts throughout the night. Records show every hour at least one person nationwide dies because he or she does not buckle up.

Officials said failure to use a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior.

A seat belt is your best defense against a distracted driver or a drink driver, you know we've asked people for years to wear them it's no longer an option it's the law you've got to wear your seat belt ," said
Lt. Brad Wilbanks, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

TDOT reports more than 60 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Tennessee were not wearing safety belts.

Research showed it is almost nine times safer to wear your safety belt. Friday, patrol officers have written more than 100 tickets so far.


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