LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The importance of seatbelt safety is something law enforcement officials in Southwest Louisiana cannot stress enough.
The law requires all persons traveling in a motor vehicle to wear a seatbelt, and in most crashes, wearing your seatbelt will greatly reduce your risk of injury.
Any travelers along Highway 109, in Vinton on Saturday, may have run into a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office seat belt checkpoint.
An operation the officers believe is very important for the safety of those who get behind the wheel of a car.
"It's important to wear safety belts because there have been crashes that a lot of people get ejected from vehicles, and what we're trying to do is save somebody's life," said Terry Guillory with the CPSO.
Officers at the checkpoint were looking at inspection stickers, illegal window tints, insurance, and of course whether or not those in cars were wearing their seat belt.
While those who received a ticket at the seat belt checkpoint today may not have been happy about it, officers hope they learned their lesson to buckle up, one that may save their life in the future.
"A lot of people get mad or disgusted that they have to wear the seat belt, but it will help them out in the long run to save their life. Very good wake up call. The Sheriff feels glad that we're doing this and stuff. Any time you can save a life is worth saving," said Guillory.
For the officers working the checkpoint, although the sun and heat were brutal, making an impact on the community was their driving force.
"How we feel now, I don't care how hot it is, as long as we're out here saving somebody's life, or making a difference in somebody's life," said Guillory.
Seat belt checkpoints like today serve as a reminder for those in Southwest Louisiana, why it's important to buckle up behind the wheel.