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BUCKLE UP FLORIDA

PIO Number: 01-11-26

BUCKLE UP FLORIDA
No Warnings If Not Buckled Up

The Broward Sheriff's Office is cracking down on motorists who are not buckled up this Thanksgiving holiday season.

From now 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.

The travel industry is showing a significant decline in air travel and more people are expected to take to Florida’s roadways during the holidays.

According to Buckle Up Florida, there were more than 524-thousand people involved in traffic crashes statewide last year. Of those who were not buckled up, nearly 50-percent were injured or killed. Traffic crashes are the number one killer of young children.

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 www.buckleupflorida.com.

The Broward Sheriff's Office hopes everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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