In 2011, 99 people in Oregon who died in traffic crashes were not wearing seat belts. While seat belt use has greatly improved in recent years, the Oregon Department of Transportation says far too many children are improperly restrained, using adult-sized seat belts.
February 11th through 28th, Oregon law enforcement will step up efforts to enforce proper safety restraint use, and also crack down on speeding motorists or driver who text behind the wheel. Transportation officials says texting for 4.6 seconds while driving 55 miles per hour is like driving the distance of a football field while blindfolded.
The overtime campaign will be funded in part by ODOT.