State Police warn drivers to wear seat belts after four deaths in 48 hours

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BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) State Police confirm Monday morning’s fatal crash victim will be the fourth unrestrained driver to die in a car accident in just two days.

“The fact of the matter is, whenever they get killed due to them being unrestrained, their family and friends are the one who will suffer the consequences and having to mourn their loss,” Trooper Taylor Scrantz said.

From July 1st, 2018 to June 30, 2019 State Police say 46,523 people were cited for not wearing seatbelts. “Statistics and research shows that your chances of surviving dramatically increase when you are properly restrained in your seatbelt,” Scrantz said.

To spread this message, DOTD started safety Monday two years ago.”While we are seeing an increase in crashes and deaths in the last couple of years, we believe we are taking a lot of safety measures that are going to help,” DOTD’s Rodney Mallett said.

The state legislature strengthened seatbelt laws in August of 2019. “Everybody in the vehicle, the driver, and all the occupants have to be properly restrained regardless of their seating position,” Scrantz said. “With our new child safety seat law, that came into effect in August of this year until you’re 12 years of age or older you have to be in the rear seat and you have to be properly restrained.”

Scrantz says the bottom line is buckle up.

“We do understand that not every crash is survivable, but like I said if you are properly restrained, those chances of surviving go dramatically up,” Scrantz said.

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