'Buckle Up In Your Truck' continues through April 27 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

'Buckle Up In Your Truck' continues through April 27

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

There's a new effort to get pickup truck drivers and passengers to use their seat belts. 

The "Buckle Up In Your Truck," campaign started today and will end next Thursday.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, teaming up with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), will have increased checkpoints and more deputies on the road. 

"One thing that you just can't afford to be lax on is buckling up, whether it be in a truck, I know this campaign is about a trucks, but we are going to be monitoring and looking for anyone not buckled up, and they are going to get a ticket for it," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

According to the LHSC, pickup truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  

Pickup trucks comprise 25 percent of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana, and are two times more likely to roll over than cars in fatal crashes. 

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