Seatbelt safety concerns rise for CHP
BARSTOW • As seatbelt safety concerns continue to rise, California Highway Patrol officials are continuing vigorous efforts to enforce seatbelt laws and conduct public awareness campaigns for safety belt use.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said Barstow CHP officers too many times have arrived to a traffic collision scene and found people ejected from the vehicle.
Fastening seatbelts is a life saving habit, a CHP news release states. State law requires drivers and all passengers to use a safety restrain system while riding in a vehicle.
According to Spiker, few people think they’ll be involved in an accident, but it’s too late to buckle up once the collision begins.
Spiker said officers have heard many excuses for not wearing seatbelts, including fear of being trapped inside the vehicle, discomfort and people who don’t want to wrinkle their clothes.
“A large majority of occupants that are ejected from a vehicle are killed by striking the roadway or an object, killed by their own vehicle or by another vehicle,” Spiker said. “My advice for people is to wear the seatbelt correctly. The seatbelt needs to be worn across your lap and across your shoulder. Not under your arm or behind your back.”
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.