Coatesville to target teen drivers to wear seat belts
Police department's aim: Get more teen drivers to wear seat belts
COATESVILLE The Coatesville Police Department is one of more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide that are using targeted enforcement in March to try to get more teens to wear their seat belts.
In Pennsylvania, 92 of the 106 driving-age teenagers who died in crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts, according to the state Department of Transportation. The enforcement project focuses on areas where teens are likely to be, including youth events and school campuses.
"This is a great opportunity," said Sgt. Rodger Ollis of the Coatesville police, "for our teen drivers to pay attention to a law that's really important and can save their life."
The city's police officers will focus on roads near Coatesville Area Senior High School from Monday to March 12. The department's survey last Thursday found that 34 of 189 vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts. - Michaelle Bond