November 25, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, 863 534-6631 or
Sheriff's Office to Increase Traffic Enforcement over Thanksgiving Holiday
In an effort to increase safety belt use and
prevent injuries and deaths, Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit
Deputies will boost traffic enforcement during the upcoming Thanksgiving
During the increased enforcement period, PCSO
Traffic Deputies will be on the lookout for motorists who are not buckled
up or do not have their children buckled. Deputies will be issuing
tickets to those who fail to buckle up.
Nearly 60% of those who die in motor
vehicle crashes are unrestrained. Research shows that if an adult
driver is not buckled up, over 70% of the time the minor occupants in the
vehicle are not restrained either.
The use of seat belts is still the single
most effective action by which drivers and passengers can protect
themselves in motor vehicle crashes. With the simple click of a
safety belt, the chances of survival in a motor vehicle crash are doubled.
Buckle Up Facts:
- In Florida, it is against the law to not
buckle up. Florida's safety belt law is secondary enforcement,
meaning if a driver is pulled over for another violation and they are
not buckled, they will get a ticket. Currently, only 75.1% of
Floridians buckle up.
- Safety belts and child safety seats help
prevent injury by:
- Preventing ejection
- Shifting crash forces to the strongest
parts of the body's structure
- Spreading forces over a wider area of
- Allowing the body to slow down gradually
- Protecting the head and spinal cord
- Traffic crashes are the #1 killer of young
children. Six out of ten children who die in traffic crashes are
completely unrestrained. However, studies have shown that proper
child safety seat usage can reduce fatalities by about 70%.
- Florida's occupant protection laws say
that children ages 3 and under must be in a federally approved child
safety seat and 4 and 5 year olds must be in a child safety seat,
booster seat or safety belt. Children ages 6-17 must be buckled in
the front or backseat and adults 18 and over must wear a safety belt
when driving or riding in the front seat.