JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies will be on the roads enforcing seat belt laws, with a special emphasis on those in pick-up trucks.
According to JPSO, pick-ups make up 25% of all vehicles on the roads in Louisiana. The state has found pick-up truck drivers and their passengers fall well behind drivers and passengers in other kinds of vehicles for seat belt usage.
JPSO deputies working with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will conduct highly visible enforcement and awareness campaigns to get people to buckle up and stay safe.
National safety regulators say fatalities are up across the country for the first time in five years. Results show in 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
JPSO deputies will step up their enforcement beginning Friday, April 22 through Thursday, April 28, 2016.