Be saved by the belt – from injury, ticket

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When the Brewton Police Department hits the streets, it will be with one goal – our safety – in mind.

Buckling up is your best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash. Statistics show that riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are 44 percent more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants in passenger cars and 73 percent more likely in passenger vans and SUVs

It’s simple. Alabama law requires drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Yes, that means unbuckled adult passengers in the back seat now can get tickets, too.

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Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Don’t follow that rule, and you can get a ticket, as well.

We hope everyone obeys all the traffic laws as we gear up for spring break and the summer holidays. As temperatures rise, so does the need to enjoy a quick trip to the river, the lake or even the beach.

We ask that you be safe when driving.