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April 11, 2014

NPD urges safety belt use

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department is urging motorists, along with passengers in the car, to make sure they are appropriately buckled up every time they travel.

During 2012, Oklahoma experienced 477 fatality collisions, with 275 of these involving unrestrained drivers or passengers. Of the unrestrained fatalities, 42.9 percent were totally ejected from the vehicle.

State law requires drivers and front-seat passengers age 13 and older to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times when the vehicle is operated. Children age 12 and younger are required to be properly restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt, according to the child’s age and weight.

According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, seat belts save about 13,000 lives each year.

For more information, visit ohso.ok.gov.

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