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Safety Belt Enforcement Focus By Broward Sheriff's Office

The Broward Sheriff's Office is embarking on a safety belt enforcement wave through the Thanksgiving holiday period.

From Saturday, November 17th, 2001 through Sunday, November 25th, 2001, Broward Sheriff's Office road patrol and motor deputies are joining with law enforcement agencies across Florida and the United States to strictly enforce safety belt and child safety seat laws.

Some tragic statistics:

-Last year, nearly 3-thousand people were killed in traffic crashes on Florida’s roadways, many of them simply because they did not buckle up, according to Buckle Up Florida.

-Buckle up Florida also says traffic crashes are the number one killer of young children. Six out of ten children who die in traffic crashes are completely unrestrained. However, studies show proper safety seat usage can reduce fatalities by as much as

The Broward Sheriff's Office reminds motorists that it’s against the law to not buckle up in Florida and that children, depending on their age and/or weight, are required to be restrained, either in a child safety seat or by a seat belt.

If you are pulled over this Thanksgiving holiday season and are not buckled, you will get a ticket. No warnings. Buckling up is not a choice –it’s the law.

For further information, contact the Broward Sheriff's Office Media Relations or go to

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

Posted At: 11/16/2001 12:53 PM

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