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 seat belts.

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 Tulsa.

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.


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