Boise seatbelt campaign results in over 2,000 citations written in just 2 weeks
Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper are fully endorsing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Click-It or Ticket" program, which will run throughout May 2003. The NHTSA program is aimed at emphasizing the importance of seatbelt use as a workforce protection issue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi) (released)
Boise Police recently completed a special two-week education and enforcement campaign focusing on the safety of wearing seat belts. The effort was in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Transportation's "Can't Imagine Life Without You" seat belt safety campaign.
Recent Boise Police surveys show 88 - 90% of motorists in Boise City wear their seat belts.
However, in the past two-weeks, officers on special traffic patrols focusing on seat belt enforcement wrote 2,028 citations for failing to buckle up. The citation carries a $10 fine.
During the recent campaign, as with every day traffic stops, failure to wear a seat belt is not a primary offense in Idaho. Officers wrote the 2,000+ citations when they made traffic stops on motorists who were first suspected of another traffic violation like speeding or running a red light or stop sign. However, while the extra seat belt patrols were on the streets, officers also located one DUI driver and made 3 drug related arrests in addition to a large variety of additional traffic violations.
Between 2008 and 2010, there were 427 fatal crashes and 2,459 serious injury crashes where a motor vehicle occupant was killed or seriously injured: resulting in 488 fatalities and 3,302 serious injured. Of the 488 occupant fatalities, 266 or 55% were unrestrained. Of the 3,302 serious injuries, 994 or 30% were unrestrained. The unrestrained occupants represent 40% of all of the people killed and 23% of all of the people seriously injured in traffic crashes from 2008-2010.