Police officers in Rock Hill are putting a lot of attention on seat belts. In a recent seat belt enforcement campaign on Patriot Parkway, officers issued nearly 10 citations. During the same time, enforcement efforts on Riverview Road landed close to 5 motorists with citation and two more with warnings.
Back in January, local officers kicked off a new way to help to reduce the risks of car accidents — Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). This is a campaign that was organized by the state’s Department of Public Safety. Through the effort, officials with the State Transport Police, the Highway Patrol and the York County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team are working to let their presence be known out there.
Our Rock Hill car accident attorneys understand that there were at least 20 motorists who were stopped by Rock Hill Police Officers during an April 5th effort. The specialty of this enforcement campaign is that officers are using statistics to bolster police visibility in areas that they feel car accidents are common. The area that was most recently used in this enforcement campaign was all of the avenues, roads and streets enveloping and crisscrossing the I-77 interchange. Officers say that vehicles in these areas are traveling at least 8 miles over the posted speed limit at least 90 percent of the time.
Dilip Patel, the manager of the Microtel Inn & Suites in the area, says that he oftentimes worries about the guests of his hotel who walk in the area. He says that they’re having to dodge speedsters and irresponsible drivers.
Patel says that there should be more sidewalks or walking trails in the area. He does say that he’s happy to see police in the area helping with the problem, hoping it builds awareness in drivers.
During the first 3 months of 2012, there were close to 95 accidents reported in the area. So far in 2013, officers have recorded more than 65.
In 2013, officers handed out more than 220 citations for seat belts, speeding and other traffic violations. In just the first 2 months of 2013, they’ve already handed out more than 250.
In the wake of these enforcement efforts, we’re reminding motorists to buckle up. South Carolina’s seat belt law requires that every driver and every occupant of a motor vehicle, when it is being operated on the public streets and highways of this state, must wear a safety belt.
Not only are you risking your own safety when traveling without a seat belt, but you’re also running the risk of getting slapped with a citation. If you busted, you can wind up with a $25 ticket. It may not seem like much, but you’re in for a whole lot more if you get into an accident without a seat belt. Consider the medical costs for injuries and think about that time you’re going to miss from work. A seat belt is your first line of defense.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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