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DCSO to check for seat belt usage

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Lyon County, is participating in “Click-It-Or-Ticket” May 20-24.

The seat belt enforcement detail is supported by a grant from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

“National traffic studies have shown that regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle accidents,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini. “When worn correctly, seat belts have been proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent in cars, and up to 60 percent in trucks, SUVs and minivans.”

Seat belts are the single most effective piece of safety equipment in a vehicle, yet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies show that nearly one out of five Americans still fails to wear a seat belt when operating or riding in a motor vehicle, the sheriff said.

“Seat belts clearly save lives, but unfortunately, too many folks still need a tough reminder, so we are going to be out in force focusing on those who are not buckled up,” Pierini said, “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it will. So unless you want to risk a ticket, or worse — your life — please remember to buckle up.”

Motorists face $91 fines for seat belt violations.