RENO OH, (WTAP)- With the holidays approaching and the road getting busier, law enforcement agencies are taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe.
“Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time” is the new campaign of the Ohio State Highway Patrol this holiday season.
While the seat belt law in Ohio is a secondary violation, officers are operating under a “zero tolerance” policy for violators of seat belt laws.
They say that the holidays will bring heavier traffic to the area and more drivers from out of town who are unfamiliar with the roads.
“Even if you’re from the area and you know the roads very well, you could be in front of, behind, beside someone who doesn’t. And again, you can’t always control what they do so if they cause a crash, you always want to make sure you have that seat belt on,” stresses Sergeant Garic B. D. Warner.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol also reminds us that tickets can be written if the seat belt is being warn improperly as well.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 400 lives in Ohio were saved because of seat belts in 2016.