The Idaho Office of Highway Safetys (OHS) next week
will launch a Click It, Dont Risk It! campaign
to increase safety belt use. The campaign features a crash
survivor to help emphasize the message that seat belts save
lives. Darlene Root shares the story of how she and her family
walked away from a rollover crash because they wore seat belts.
campaign includes paid advertising and, from May 17 through
June 6, increased state and local law enforcement patrols
for seat belt violators. Officers also will watch for risky
driving behaviors such as following too close, driving too
fast, running red lights or rolling through stop signs.
Buckling up remains the single-best defense against
serious injury or death for you and your passengers, if youre
involved in a crash, says Mary Hunter, OHS Adult Occupant
Protection Specialist. The Roots are living proof that.
On average, five Idahoans are either killed or seriously
injured every day in traffic crashes. During 2003 in Idaho,
63 percent of the 239 occupants who died in motor vehicle
crashes in Idaho were not wearing seat belts. About half of
those killed would have lived had they been wearing safety
restraints, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Click It, Dont Risk It! is a serious
warning to all motorists and passengers on Idahos roads,
Hunter says. Motorists are reminded to properly restrain
themselves and their children to avoid a ticket or
much worse, serious injury or death.
Idaho law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear safety restraints.
Other provisions under the law include: