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Broward Sheriff's Office deputies will be out in force throughout the Thanksgiving holiday season, handing out citations to motorists who are not buckled-up.

From Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, December 1, 2002, BSO is joining forces with law enforcement agencies across Florida and the United States to firmly enforce safety belt and child safety seat laws.

Many Floridians will drive to their Thanksgiving holiday season celebrations. Unfortunately, too many of those motorists won’t use their seat belts and fail to secure their children in a safety seat.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, 3,013 people died in traffic crashes on the state’s roads in 2001 and more than 60% of those killed were not buckled-up. Perhaps more troubling is that traffic crashes are the number one killer of young children. Proper use of safety belts and child safety seats are the most effective way to help prevent death and injury in a crash.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reminds motorists that, in Florida, it is against the law to not buckle-up. 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-up –or your child passenger is not properly restrained- you won’t get a warning, you will get a ticket.

For more information on traffic safety, contact the Broward Sheriff’s Office Media Relations unit at (954) 831-8300, log on to

This release by:
Hugh Graf / Media Relations

Posted At: 11/20/2002 02:30 PM

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