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Albany Police Department grant will push seat belt use

December 10, 2002

Albany - Because of the success of Click It or Ticket, Albany Police will continue to push seatbelt and child protection laws.

The City of Albany Police have been awarded a 50 thousand dollar grant from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration to continue seatbelt safety programs.

The month of December officers will be pushing seatbelt safety through the media. Then in January strict enforcement on the road.

Traffic coordinator Lt. Lucious Harris said "We've had too many fatalities on the streets with individuals not wearing seat belts. My job is to reduce these numbers of injuries and fatalities."

Albany Safe Community's Michele DeMott said "To make sure everyone knows the law and understands the law. And that by buckling up their lives can be saved."

The Click It or Ticket Program is credited with raising seatbelt usage in Albany to 85 percent of drivers. Chief Bobby Johnson says their goal is to raise it to 90 percent next year.

posted at 6:17 by jimw@walb.com