[Vision2020] MPD Press Release

Stephanie Kalasz skalasz at ci.moscow.id.us
Tue Sep 7 10:07:40 PDT 2010

118 East 4th Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Tel: 208-882-COPS    Fax: 208-882-4020


According to the Idaho Transportation Department:
"In Idaho, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in children and teens ages 1-19."  In 2009, 85 unrestrained motor vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes, 60% of the occupants killed, were not restrained and 305 unrestrained motor vehicle occupants were critically injured.

In an effort to decrease the rate of traffic injuries and focus on the goal of zero deaths; the Moscow Police Department will be participating in a statewide seat belt enforcement mobilization.  Through education and increased law enforcement presence, the Moscow Police Department hopes to increase the rate of seat belt use within our jurisdiction.  The enhanced enforcement will be conducted between September 10th and September 12th.

In the state of Idaho: (Idaho Code 49-672 & 49-673)

Seat belt laws have differing penalties for vehicle operators and passengers, depending upon the age of the occupants.

Vehicle operators are required to have every passenger, under the age of six, secured in a child safety restraint.  There can be a $79.00 fine for violating Idaho's child car-seat code.

The adult driver of a motor vehicle is required to wear a safety restraint and they are responsible for their juvenile passengers.  There can be a $10 fine for an adult driver not restrained, or an adult driver with unrestrained juveniles.

Juvenile drivers are responsible for their own safety restraint and the restraints of their juvenile passengers.  There can be a $61.50 fine for an unrestrained juvenile driver, or a juvenile driver with unrestrained juvenile passenger.

Adult passengers are responsible for their own safety restraint and may face a $10.00 fine, for not wearing a safety restraint.

DANIEL L. WEAVER                                                                      Prepared by:
            Chief of Police                                                                                    Officer Bruce Lovell

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