Troopers launch campaign to enforce seat belt, child restraint laws

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws this summer.

Troopers have received federal funding for the enforcement effort, which begins Monday.

According to troopers, traffic crashes are the number one killer of children. Six out of ten children who die in crashes are completely unbuckled.

As part of the crackdown, troopers are calling on motorists who see unbuckled children to call a hotline and give the license plate number of the vehicle. That number is 1-800-764-5755.

''No one should look the other way when they see a child at risk. Everyone must speak up if the see their friends and relatives letting a child ride unbuckled,'' Said Lt. Greg Tanner, deputy commander of the trooper post in Fairbanks.

The National Safety Council will send a letter to the owner of the vehicle warning them of the dangers of allowing children to ride unrestrained and the possibility of tickets and fines.

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