Patrol reminds motorists to buckle up

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to buckle-up this upcoming holiday season and continue to do so every day. In the last two years, 1,326 people were killed in crashes due to not wearing an available safety belt.

According to Ohio’s 2018 Observational Seatbelt Survey, more than 84.9% of motorists were found to be in compliance with Ohio’s safety belt law, a slight increase from 2017.

“Your safety belt is vital to surviving a crash,” said Lt. Angel Burgos, commander of the Bowling Green post. “By using safety belts you are dramatically increasing your odds of surviving and reducing injury in crashes. Make it a habit to always buckle up every time.”

Ohio’s safety belt law remains a secondary violation, however troopers will continue zero tolerance enforcement when motorists are stopped for other violations and are found to not be wearing their safety belt. Last year, 121,019 people were convicted of driving or riding in a passenger vehicle without wearing a safety belt.