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Shreveport police crack down on seatbelt violators

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Police say don't just have to wear the seatbelt, you have to wear it properly. Police say don't just have to wear the seatbelt, you have to wear it properly.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Shreveport Police Department is cracking down on seat belt violators with a campaign dubbed "Buckle Up in Your Truck."

"What we try to do is get out there in force and get people to realize that it is very important that you do wear your seat belt regardless if you're going a block from your home or 10 blocks from your home," explains SPD Cpl. Jimmie Minor. 

The campaign is funded by a federal grant program through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Shreveport Police say they are targeting pick-up truck drivers because, as Minor says, "Statistics show that non-use of seatbelts for trucks alone was 61 percent. "The first fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $25. SPD is trying to make sure it doesn't cost you your life." Cpl Minor says he gives out around 3 seatbelt violations every day.

Police say don't just have to wear the seatbelt, you have to wear it properly. If you have it under your arm, you can still be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.

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