The Wyoming Highway Patrol, Cheyenne Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to buckle up their seat belts.

The patrol and CPD are taking part in the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign, which runs from today [May 22] through June 4. According to a Wyoming Highway Patrol News release

"Seatbelts are not only a legal requirement for motorists in Wyoming, but they are also a life-saving necessity," said Colonel Tim Cameron with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. "Regardless of your age, or driving experience, wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a collision."

In 2021 in Wyoming, 43 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, and seatbelt usage dropped to only 80.2 %. Nationally, in 2021, unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes rose to 11,813 in the United States."

The release says the patrol and other Wyoming law enforcement agencies will be out in in force over the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday Weekend and will be paying special attention to people not wearing their seat belts.

Meanwhile a CPD release struck a similar chord:

"Throughout the week, police are increasing patrols and encouraging drivers to be more vigilant about following traffic laws, like properly wearing a seatbelt. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the upcoming holiday and the summer season ahead,” said Chief Mark Francisco. “Help keep our roadways safe by slowing down, limiting distractions, buckling up, and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.”

Sear belt usage is a secondary traffic violation under Wyoming law. That means motorists cannot be legally stopped for not wearing seat belts. But they can be ticketed for non seat belt usage if the vehicle is stopped first for another offense, such as speeding.

The driver can be ticketed for anyone in the vehicle who is not buckled up.

Several efforts in the Wyoming Legislature to make seat belt violations a primary offense, allowing law enforcement to stop cars for non seat belt usage. But so far none of those proposed bills has become law.

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