South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is cracking down on motorists who don’t buckle up.
When conducting a traffic stop, state troopers will issue a seatbelt citation to all unrestrained occupants in accordance with South Dakota law in addition to enforcement action on the primary traffic violation.
The new directive began December 7th.
Colonel Craig Price, the superintendent of the Highway Patrol, says nearly 72 percent of the Patrol’s 9,000 contacts with those not wearing seatbelts in 2015 resulted in a written citation.
Price says in the last five years, 62 percent of all South Dakota fatalities in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seatbelts.