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The first major holiday weekend of the summer is quickly approaching and that will mean an elevated level of travel on the state’s highways.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol has announced plans to participate once again in the nationwide seatbelt enforcement campaign which is under way all of this week and through June second.  Lieutenant Tom Kelly of the Highway Patrol’s Jackson office says the campaign focuses on high visibility enforcement during the Memorial Day holiday period, and will pay particular attention during routine traffic stops to the seatbelt. Lieutenant Kelly says seatbelts definitely make a difference.  Kelly says, “I can tell you from the experience of investigating crashes for 20 years that they are effective when used properly.”  In Wyoming last year, 50% of the fatalities involved the non-use of occupant restraints. Since Wyoming law lists the failure to use seatbelts and child restraints as a secondary offense, Kelly says officers will watch for the offense during routine traffic stops and making more of a concerted effort in enforcing   the law.

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