Highway Patrol To Crack Down On Seat Belt Violators

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 05:24 AM
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The State Highway Patrol is planning a statewide crackdown on motorists who don't buckle-up. Officials say improving Ohio's lackluster record in seat-belt usage could save around 120 lives per year. It's expected that troopers will issue an additional 50-thousand tickets this year for seat-belt violations, many during the busy travel time between Memorial day and Labor day. Until now, troopers have had the flexibility to issue a seat-belt warning instead of a ticket. But patrol superintendent Kenneth Morckle is making the ticket mandatory. The seat belt campaign officially begins on Thursday.

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