Patrol starts campaign urging safety belt use by drivers

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol has begun a campaign urging Ohio motorists to wear their safety belts.

The patrol says troopers will be encouraging drivers to “buckle up” to save lives.

A statement released by the patrol this week says Ohio’s observed safety belt usage rate was 84.9% in 2018, while the national average rate was 89.6%.

The patrol also says 1,326 people in Ohio who were not wearing an available seat belt while in motor vehicles were killed in crashes from 2016 through 2018. A total of 121,019 people in Ohio in 2018 were convicted of driving or riding in a passenger vehicle without wearing a seat belt.

The patrol says its Click it or Ticket campaign began Monday and will continue until June 2.

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