BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Police Department will be participating in the yearly Click It or Ticket program starting May 23rd through June 6th.
Officers will be enforcing the current mandatory seatbelt law that states that “Each driver and front seat passenger in any motor vehicle operated on a street or highway in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt properly secured to the vehicle.” This does not apply to children who require protection and are properly restrained under the Child Passenger Protection Act.
The police department took a survey of four different locations within the city on seatbelt use among drivers in 2015. The survey showed an average from the four locations of which, 55% of the drivers were wearing seatbelts and 45% were not.
“It is our goal to increase the percentage of drivers who use seatbelts within the city and we will be focusing on other violations as well, specifically Driving while Intoxicated and Texting while Driving,” said Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin.
“We would ask that everyone buckle up, stay safe and let’s work together to reduce the number of accidents within the city limits,” Martin said.