PA targeting seat belt violators

HARRISBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and local police departments are working to educate motorists on the importance of seat belts.

Beefed up patrols are planned throughout the state until the end of the month to help target drivers who don’t buckle up.

There were more than 1,300 fatal crashes in Pennsylvania in 2013. About 50 percent of those victims were not wearing seat belts.

In 2012, 106 deaths were teens between 16 and 19 years old. More than 80 percent of those victims were not belted.

Anyone in a vehicle under the 18 years old must wear a seat belt. The violation is a primary offense.

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