April 25, 2014, Houma Region, LA – The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) will join forces with its law enforcement and health partners in spreading the word about seat belt use during the Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign, which runs from May 1 to 7, 2014.
The partnership shared that while law enforcement agencies will crack down on unbelted motorists day and night, the Lady of the Sea General Hospital (LOSGH) will be conducting the Annual Safety Circus on May 3, 2014 at the Cut Off Youth Center which aims to educate parents, teens and kids the importance of child passenger safety, bike helmet use and seat belt use.
Safety Circus is sponsored by LOSGH through the Lafourche Chapter of SAFE KIDS Coalition and partly funded through the Safe Communities Grant that the SCSCP has received from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC). In this event, a few of the SCSCP’s partners such as Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Office of Public Health, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the South Central Region’s Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Team headed by Michael Toups from Houma Police Department will be promoting both adult occupant protection and child passenger safety.
A child seat check is scheduled at 9 AM to noon wherein child seats will be given to those who reasonably need them. Also, police will be on the lookout for not just the unbelted ones but also those who buckle up in their truck and provide them a little T-shirt incentive imprinted with the message: “I got caught… wearing a seat belt”.
The Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign will segue into to the National Click it Or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization from May 19 to June 1, 2014. Belt checkpoints and child seat inspections are lined up during these dates.
Statewide statistics tells that Louisiana has seen steady decline in traffic related fatalities, and seat belt use among Louisiana motorists jumped more than three percentage points to 82.5 percent in 2013, the largest one-year increase in more than a decade. However, pickup truck occupants have been proven to be less likely to buckle up than any other class of vehicle. In 2013, 82.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in all vehicles in Louisiana buckled up, but only 75.9 percent of those in pickups did the same.
In the Houma Region, front seat occupant belt use is now at 85.5%, which is a little above the state rate. Speaking of front seat belt use by State Police Troops, compliance rate is at 88.5% in the Troop C Area, comprised of Parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne and parts of St. John and St. James.
Remember this May 1 to May 7: It’s Buckle Up In Your Truck. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life. For more info on this campaign, visit http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/buiyt.html.