Waynesboro, PA – The Waynesboro Police Department will be conducting targeted occupant protection enforcement wave from August 14 through September 17, 2022.

Seat belts save lives every day. They can only save lives, however, if they’re used, and there are still many people in America who don’t buckle up. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45%. This is why our community needs to know that wearing a seat belt can make the difference between life and death.

In 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 people from dying. From 2011 to 2015 seat belts saved nearly 64,000 lives—enough people to fill a large sports arena. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.

In fact, if you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag; a movement of such force could injure or even kill you. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/airbags for more on air bag safety.

Fit matters

• Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.

• Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.

• If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders.

• If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.