Law enforcement officials in West Fargo will be more visible from Nov. 11 to Nov. 20, as they focus on ticketing those who refuse to buckle their seat belts.
According to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), approximately 56 percent of North Dakota drivers involved in fatal crashes were unbelted in 2009. When lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of a fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
"Wearing a seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket or worse...your life or someone else's," said Lt. Duane Sall. "We want all drivers and passengers to click it."
In North Dakota, it is the law that everyone in the front seat is required to wear a seat belt. If a driver and their passengers are under the age of 18, they can be stopped and cited for not wearing their seat belts. If the driver is 18 or over, they can be cited for not wearing a seat belt if they are stopped for another violation.
The holidays, which for many are the happiest times of the year, can quickly turn into a nightmare when loved ones fail to buckle up. Don't let your friends and family down - buckle up, every trip, every time.