BRPD kicks off Buckle Up in Your Truck Campaign

BRPD kicks off Buckle Up in Your Truck Campaign
The Buckle up in your Truck campaign started Saturday, April 17, 2021, and will end on Saturday, April 24, 2021. (Source: WVIR)

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Buckle up in your Truck campaign starts Saturday, April 17, 2021 and ends Saturday, April 24, 2021. Baton Rouge Police have planned to conduct patrols, motorcycle enforcement along with high neighborhood bicycle enforcement.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is funding this high visibility enforcement and awareness campaign to encourage seat belt usage and reduce unrestrained injuries or fatalities among pickup truck drivers and occupants.

Pickup trucks make up approximately 25% or more of the registered vehicles in Louisiana. Pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of regular passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts.

According to the 2017 LHSC Seatbelt Observation Survey, pickup truck seatbelt compliance was very low when compared to passenger vehicles.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is reminding our motoring community that all occupants in a motor vehicle, regardless of age and seating position are required to be restrained all times. The driver of the vehicle will be cited if an unrestrained passenger is under the age of 17.

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