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Seatbelt enforcement campaign steps up nationally

“We can do better,” Highway Patrol said. In 2023, nearly 54% of vehicle occupant fatalities in Wyoming were not using a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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CASPER, Wyo. — Memorial Day weekend travelers are advised that law enforcement will be stepping up seatbelt enforcement in the midst of the national Click It or Ticket campaign.

The annual high-visibility enforcement effort runs from May 20 to June 2, according to a release by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. 

“We need seat belt use to be automatic every time a driver and passenger get into a vehicle,” said Colonel Tim Cameron of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “It’s not just the safe thing to do, it’s the law.”

In 2023, nearly 54% of vehicle occupant fatalities in Wyoming were not using a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The national seatbelt use rate in 2023 was 91.9%, but Wyoming lags behind at 81.9%, the release said.

“We can do better,” the WHP said. “Buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented.”

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