Eau Claire Police to Enforce Seat Belt Law
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on July 13, 2009 in Car Accidents
The Eau Claire Police Department has begun enforcing the new seat belt law that was passed in the state budget, making Wisconsin eligible for $15.2 million in federal funding for traffic safety improvements.
The new law allows officers to stop and ticket drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts. Previously, police could issue a ticket for a seat belt offense only if the driver was first pulled over for a different violation.
The law is expected to save approximately 44 lives and prevent 650 injuries caused in car accidents each year.
All motor vehicle drivers and all passengers ages 5 and older must wear seat belts. Children 4 years and younger must be restrained in an appropriate child safety restraint.
Wisconsins current seat belt usage ranks as one of the lowest in the nation at 74%. The national average is 83%.
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