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Gerrish Township Police Department Strictly Enforcing Safety Belt Law

In an effort to save lives and increase the State’s safety belt use rate to 95 percent, the Gerrish Township Police Department is buckling down on safety belt laws this month.  The Gerrish Township Police Department warns residents to buckle up or be prepared to pay up as they crack down on unbuckled
motorists throughout the Memorial Day holiday.

The Gerrish Township Police Department is joining more than 500 Michigan law enforcement agencies focusing on unbuckled motorists as a part of the National Click it or Ticket mobilization, May 22-June 4, 2006.  Michigan’s safety belt use rate currently stands at a record high 93 percent, but in order to save even more lives, agencies will be strictly enforcing the law in an effort to get more motorists to buckle up.  According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, for every 1 percent increase in safety belt use, 10 lives are saved.

The State’s mandatory safety belt law requires the driver and front seat passengers to be buckled up, and children under age 4 to be in an approved child safety seat.  It also requires passengers ages 15 and under to be buckled up in the front or rear seating  positions.  In addition, drivers or passengers who have shoulder harness placed under their arm or behind their back can be ticketed for not properly buckling up.