Delaware law enforcement officers are currently on the lookout for unbelted motorists during the first seat belt enforcement campaign of 2013.
Delaware's seat belt use rate dropped from 90 percent in 2011 to 88 percent in 2012 with Kent County having the lowest use rate of 79 percent. Sussex County had the highest use rate of the three counties at 90 percent. Last year, only 50 percent of the vehicle occupants killed in a car crash were wearing their seat belts.
Delaware law requires drivers and all passengers, including those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt. The lap and shoulder belts must be worn and shoulder belts must not be placed behind the back or under the arm. Enforcement will be accompanied by a statewide public awareness and paid media campaign that reflects on real life unbelted crashes, injuries, and fatalities encountered by Delaware paramedics. Paid media will be in the forms of radio ads, Pandora radio, T.V. ads, and internet advertising and will also be accompanied by community outreach events to promote seat belt safety.
For more information, visit www.ohs.delaware.gov.