Drivers reminded to "Buckle up in your truck"

Drivers reminded to "Buckle up in your truck"

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Pickup truck drivers are reminded to buckle their seat belts every time they get in their vehicles. The Kenner Police Department will step up its traffic enforcement for the rest of the month of April.

Kenner Police say state observations and data from fatal accidents show pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind other vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts. In Louisiana, pickups make up about 25% of vehicles on the roadways. The data shows pickup trucks are twice as likely than cars to rollover in fatal crashes.

Kenner received an overtime traffic enforcement grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to pay for the extra effort to crack down on drivers who aren't buckled up. The department has a new campaign, "Buckle Up In Your Truck" or you will get a ticket!

For the first time in five years fatalities are up nationwide, that's according to the new data from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration.

Kenner Police reminds drivers, "taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash."

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