Wearing a seat belt is not only the law, but it can save your life too. Seat belt compliance is at an all-time low in Sheridan, ranking the worst in the state of Wyoming.
The Sheridan police department decides to take a closer look at seat belt usage while crash rates rise.
According to a 2013 survey, seat belt compliance is down and the crash rate has gone up. Not wearing your seatbelt contributes heavily to the amount of injuries in an accident and can get you a 25 dollar fine.
“It prevents you from directly coming out of the car if you crash so really we should be better about that, it’s not that difficult,” resident Sarah Bicocchi said.
Unbuckled passengers are 4 times more likely to be killed if they are ejected during a crash.
Being ejected from a car is one of the deadliest outcomes of a car crash, but seatbelts can prevent that from happening.
Police Captain Scott Chandler says that they are cracking down on drivers who don’t wear their seat belts and they are hoping to get the car crash numbers down.
“Our goal here in Sheridan is to educate the public and try to raise the rate of seatbelt usage and compliance in our own community,” Scott Chandler, Sheridan Police Captain said.
Police have also extended seat belt safety sign age around Sheridan and boosted the amount of officers at high-crash intersections.
“Besides the traffic management areas, the high visibility, us advertising those areas with the message board, officers at traffic stops will be handing out educational flyers on seat belt usage,” Chandler said.
“Maybe higher tickets, I mean they have those cameras on light posts and everything that take pictures of their license plate, maybe they can do the same for seat belts,” resident Antonio Quintana said.
The Sheridan County Police Department plans to conduct another seat belt compliance survey in the near future.