The Amherst Police Department also reminds motorists that wearing a safety belt is your best defense against drunk and aggressive drivers and your own mistakes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, there were 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the United States. Forty-nine percent of the people killed (10,458) were unbelted. “The number of lives lost is needless,” said Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. “Amherst is focusing our enforcement efforts on safety belts to increase usage and save lives. In fiscal year 2014, eighty persons were issued citations for failing to wear their seatbelt, that number is just way too high.”
“Officers will be out in full force issuing citations to anyone traveling without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children. The goal is not to hand out tickets, but to keep the public safe. Your seat belt is your best defense against impaired, distracted, and aggressive drivers as well as against your own mistakes,” said Chief Livingstone.
For more information contact Captain Jennifer Gundersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-259-3012 or visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
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