The Prineville Police Department is participating in the Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Feb. 10-23.

The campaign is a statewide traffic enforcement program that seeks to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed, and impaired drivers.

A statewide observation survey in June 2013 found 98 percent of Oregon’s motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest belt use states in our country.

The Prineville Police Department is increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt and child restraint violations during this two week campaign.

Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Prineville Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times while traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled.

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