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Caddo deputies patrol for people in pickup trucks not wearing seatbelts

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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Deputies with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols the last week in April to look for people in pickup trucks not wearing their seatbelts.

The extra deputies will be on patrol between April 21-27 to watch for drivers and passengers who don’t wear seatbelts while traveling in a truck.

The enforcement initiative is called “Buckle Up in Your Truck” and is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Administration.

State observation surveys and fatality data show that pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of other kinds of passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts, according to a release from The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. Statistics from the release also show that a pick-up truck is twice as likely to roll over than a car when involved in a fatal crash.

“Buckle Up in Your Truck” is a high-visibility enforcement and awareness campaign to encourage seat belt use and reduce unrestrained fatalities among pickup truck drivers and passengers. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash," said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.

Under Louisiana law, all occupants must wear a seat belt when a vehicle weighing 10,000 pounds or less is in motion. Children under the age of six or less than 60 lbs. must be in a child-restraint system or booster seat that is age and size appropriate. Children six to 12 must be restrained by a lap belt, shoulder harness, or an age/size-appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.

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