Seatbelt/Child Restraint Enforcement
ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 2-1-2017
In addition to this effort, beginning Friday, February 20th
through Sunday, March 5th, the Riverside Division Traffic Unit will
join other Oklahoma law enforcement agencies to reduce serious
injury and fatality collisions involving unbuckled teens.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2014, 51 teens
ages 14-19 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes. Sadly,
27 of those teens could have increased their chances of survival by
wearing a seat belt. That's why the Riverside Division
Traffic Unit is reminding all Oklahoma drivers, passengers and
particularly teens to buckle up "every trip, every time."
In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma
will be extra vigilant when patrolling around local schools.
There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement
emphasis. Officers will issue citations to anyone who does
not obey Oklahoma traffic laws, particularly those failing to wear
Sergeant Stephen Boyes says, "Even one teen death is
unacceptable. Please buckle up, slow down and devote full
attention to driving." Drivers are reminded to use their
seatbelts at all times, properly restrain any child passenger(s),
remain alert, refrain from using all electronic communication
devices and heed all warning signs while driving; by following
these reminders you and your passenger(s) will reduce the
likelihood of being injured or killed in a vehicle collision.
It is the goal of the Riverside Division Traffic Unit to reduce the
frequency and severity of collisions occurring within the city of
A citation issued for not properly wearing a seatbelt is $20 and
fine for not using a proper child restraint is $25; NO WARNINGS
will be issued.