Seatbelt checkpoint slated Thursday in Calcasieu - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Seatbelt checkpoint slated Thursday in Calcasieu

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be conducting a seat belt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to a news release from authorities.

"Studies and statistics make it clear that buckling up is very important for your safety," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts save over 13,000 lives every year.

"Under Louisiana law, drivers and passengers in a moving vehicle are required to wear their seat belts, greatly improving the chances of surviving a crash and reducing severity of injuries that may occur," Mancuso said. 

These checkpoints are funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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