State Says Tickets Up During 4-Day Seat Belt Blitz

It’s good to see the police acting in the interest of people’s safety

CBS Detroit

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say 8,701 tickets were written during a recent four-day crackdown on seat belt use, a six percent increase over a similar effort a year ago.

Police and sheriff’s departments in 26 counties participated in the crackdown from May 30 to June 2. The tickets were written for seat belt or child seat violations.

Preliminary reports from police agencies indicate 13,453 vehicles were stopped during campaign, which is part of a national effort to save lives and reduce injuries by increasing seat belt use.

In addition to seat belt violations, 15 drunk drivers were arrested during the enforcement period and 29 drug arrests were made. More than 1,000 tickets for uninsured motorists and 415 for suspended licenses were also written.

Michael Prince, director of The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, said motorists really had no excuse, since they were warned about the enhanced enforcement through advertising ahead of time.

“Those that didn’t…

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