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CHP gets grant for seatbelt research


SACRAMENTO • The California Highway Patrol has secured a grant which will be dedicated to seatbelt safety research.

The CHP Vehicle Occupant Restraint Education and Instruction III grant will allocate funds to CHP to be used to inspect “a minimum of 12,250 child safety seats, conduct 50 child passenger safety educational classes and purchase and distribute 2,500 grant-funded child safety seats to people in need,” according to a news release from CHP.

Barstow CHP spokesman Don Spiker said proper seatbelt use is “very important” in the High Desert.

“Most collisions here are at high speeds resulting in a rollover,” Spiker said. “Without wearing a seatbelt properly, you greatly increase the chance of receiving a serious injury or even death. I encourage the motoring public to do the right thing and buckle up.”

Activities related to the grant will continue through Sept. 30.

“Seatbelts save lives,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “ ... our goal through this campaign is to ensure that every person traveling on California’s roadways is buckled up and protected in their vehicle.”

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