The Bay City Police Department will begin their Seatbelt Enforcement Zones this week. The enforcement zones and times are as follows:
Wednesday, May 23 3PM-7PM Jenny & Wenona
Friday, May 25 11AM-3PM Thomas & Wenona
Tuesday, May 29 11AM-3PM Washington & Woodside
Thursday, May 31 3PM-7PM Lafayette & Broadway
Signs will be posted in these areas and officers will be visible on foot and on patrol!
Buckle Up . . . It's the Law!!
While Michigan seat belt use is high overall, it drops to 87 percent for teens and young adults. Seat belt use falls to nearly 85 percent for male teens and young adults in pickup trucks. "Advertising is meant to encourage motorists to buckle up and avoid a citation," said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), which plans the annual statewide awareness and enforcement campaign. "Messages and zone signs are all intended to promote seat belt use." Seat belts remain the primary safety device in passenger vehicles; when used correctly, they reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Despite high observed rates for seat belt use, about half the vehicle occupants who die in Michigan traffic crashes are unbuckled. The campaign, dubbed "How it Works," showcases enforcement zones that use law enforcement spotters to look for unbuckled motorists. Information is then radioed to other officers working in the zone area who make traffic stops.
Source - Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning