The Bossier City Police Department will conduct a safety checkpoint on Tuesday in central Bossier City as part of an ongoing effort to reduce vehicle fatalities through enforcement of Louisiana’s seat belt law. Officers will be looking for motorists who choose not to buckle up or fail to have children placed in required safety restraint systems. Violators will receive citations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injuries by 50 percent. About 65 percent of the people killed in crashes in Louisiana in 2008 were not buckled up.
The checkpoint is part of a continuing seat belt enforcement effort funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.