Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The NHTSA reports 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in 2011, died between the hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
A single car crash that took the life of a Falls teenager on Walmore Road in Lewiston took place at 6 a.m. May 19 and neither the victim nor two other occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” DalPorto said. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists, clicking that seat belt.”
While not wearing a seat belt can cost you your life, The NHTSA estimates that, in 2011, seat belts saved 11,949 lives nationwide.
Munn said her officers wrote 60 citations during their Pine Avenue checkpoint. While some were for expired inspections or registrations and cell phone use, the majority involved a failure to wear a seat belt.
“Our message is, you need to wear your seat belt,” Munn said. “And we’ll keep focusing on that.”