Cops cracking down now more than ever with "Buckle up in your Truck" campaign

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Trucks and SUV's accounted for 66% of those killed in crashes in 2012

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:19pm

Cops are cracking down now more than ever with the biggest ever seat belt campaign for pick-up truck and SUV drivers.  Although trucks represent a small number of vehicles in our state, truck drivers accounted for 66% of those killed in crashes in 2012 while not wearing seat belts.  This campaign has launched to improve those odds.

"A lot of times when you get into a bigger vehicle like a truck or SUV you do feel a little bit more secure because you're in a bigger vehicle, but that's not technically the case.  Crash forces still apply to a person regardless of what type of vehicle you're traveling in," says Trooper Stephen Hammons, State Police Troop I.

Trucks and SUVs have a high rate of rollover crashes, and truck drivers have the lowest level of seat belt use among drivers of all other vehicles.  "Buckle up in your Truck" is a campaign trying to save more lives.

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