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Concordia Parish deputies looking for seat belt violators

Published 12:03am Friday, May 24, 2013

VIDALIA — Motorists beware.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on seat belt violations as a part of Louisiana’s annual Click It or Ticket campaign through June 2.

Click It or Ticket is a nationwide public awareness campaign aimed at getting more people to wear seat belts. The special enforcement period is a part of the state’s annual effort to increase seat belt use through a combination of patrols, advertising and public awareness campaigns.

The sheriff’s office will receive two installments of $5,000 from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to pay overtime salaries for extra patrols.

Motorists issued seatbelt violations by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office should expect to pay a $25 fine.

“It’s important that people wear their seatbelts,” Chief Deputy David Hedrick said. “Any wreck that propels you from the car could end in the loss of life. When you are in your car, you have a better chance of surviving with your seatbelt on.”

Eleven people were killed in Memorial Day crashes in 2012 — more than any other holiday in Louisiana, with the exception of Thanksgiving — Click It or Ticket campaign publicity literature touts.

Among teens and young adults killed in fatal crashes, 64 percent were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Hedrick said officers must see motorists not wearing seat belts to issue a citation. Officers may also issue seat belt citations when stopping motorists for other offenses.