Law enforcement urges residents to wear seat belts ahead of Memorial Day weekend

(WAFB) - As part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with agencies across the country to ticket drivers not wearing their seat belts.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays of the summer. Starting now through June 4, law enforcement will crack down on drivers who are not properly restrained.

"What we want to make sure that takes place is that everybody that's out there and traveling, going from destination to destination, that they are buckled up and they have their children properly restrained as well," said Tpr. Bryan Lee, Louisiana State Police. "Louisiana's seat belt usage rates are up almost 88 percent - that's great - but what we want to see is that average reach above 90 percent."

One goal of the campaign is to make drivers aware of the seat belt laws.

"One of the unique things about the seat belt law here is that it just doesn't apply to the front seat passengers in the car, it applies to the back seat passengers as well," he added. "So anywhere in that vehicle you should be using that seat belt and using it properly."

Another problem over the holiday weekend is impaired drivers. Many agencies will hold sobriety checkpoints.

"Holidays are a time for fun, and sometimes can lead to consuming substances that cause impaired driving," states a press release from the Louisiana State Police. "This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the festivities and help make this a safe holiday."

To report possible impaired drivers or road hazards, call *LSP (*577).

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