(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation proudly announces that the seat belt usage is up again in the District, going from 85% in 2003 to 87% last year, one of the highest in the country.
The increase demonstrates the effectiveness of the new signs, "Click It or Ticket, $50, 2 Pts. It's DC's Law," at major gateways as well as stepped-up enforcement by MPD, message boards and a concentrated media campaign.
"Let's keep up this good work, particularly over the July 4th holiday weekend," said Dan Tangherlini, Director of DDOT. "Seat belts reduce deaths and injuries in crashes."
The District of Columbia has the most comprehensive seat belt laws in the country, with a fine of $50 and two driver's license points for violators. Seat belts are required in all seating positions with the driver responsible for ensuring that all passengers are buckled-up. DC's amended Child Restraint law has been updated recently and requires all children up to eight years old to be in a child safety seat, either an infant, toddler or booster seat.
The University of the District of Columbia observes seat belt usage throughout the city under a contract with DDOT.