Fairland Police Department will conduct a two-week seat belt enforcement emphasis beginning Feb. 20 and ending March 5, targeting teen drivers and their occupants.

FAIRLAND— The Fairland Police Department, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, and the OK SAFE Program, will conduct a two-week seat belt enforcement emphasis beginning Feb. 20 and ending March 5, targeting teen drivers and their occupants.

In 2014, 51 teens ages 14-19 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Oklahoma. 27 of the 51 teens killed were not wearing seat belts. Together we can save lives through education and enforcement of seat belt laws. This is the third year law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma will participate on the OK SAFE enforcement emphasis.

In an effort to increase seat belt compliance, police officers will be targeting the area around the Fairland High School, and any person not properly restrained will be issued a citation. Various methods have been used to educate teens and adults about the dangers of driving unbelted.

The police department has learned that nothing impacts human behavior more than vigorous enforcement. They have also learned that warnings have little or no impact on compliance with teen drivers.

The Fairland Police Department is announcing this enforcement initiative in advance. By promoting the enforcement, there should be no surprises. Their hope is that everyone; parents, teachers and students alike, will take heed and buckle up so no citations are necessary.