Seatbelt Use is Up

by Danielle Cotterman on December 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

The numbers are in and there’s no arguing a seatbelt will safe your life.

According to data released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol more than 60% of people killed on Ohio roadways last year were not wearing their seatbelt.

"We always tell everybody by keeping you in the vehicle and preventing you from being ejected from a role over from a simple crash, by keeping you positioned in the car that’s drastically going to improve your odds of safety," said Zanesville Post Commander Lieutenant Steve Rine.

According to Ohio’s 2010 Observational Seatbelt Survey the number of motorists choosing to wear their seatbelt is up more than 10% from 2002, that’s more than 80% who choose to wear one.  Rine emphasized that’s still not enough. He warns once you’re pulled over, it’s too late to buckle-up.

"We do have audio/visual equipment and we can see that," he described. "There is an angle in the back that we can definitely see if the seatbelt shoulder restraint was applied, and we can watch that behavior and that movement. If we see that it wasn’t applied we will go ahead and take enforcement on that."

Ohio’s seatbelt law remains a secondary violation but troopers continue to enforce it with zero tolerance.