Sheriff’s Office Reminds Residents to Buckle Up During Week of Holiday Travel

Sheriff’s Office Reminds Residents to Buckle Up During Week of Holiday Travel
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CUSTER COUNTY – With weeks of travel upcoming throughout the next month, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement reminding all drivers that the best way to help get to a destination safely, no matter the season, is by buckling up.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the department will be participating in the 2022 “Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time” mobilization between November 23 and November 27. During this stretch, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office will be working with all levels of law enforcement across city, county, and state lines to promote the importance of wearing seatbelts no matter how near the destination, or how slow the journey.

All too regularly, Sheriff Dan Osmond says, the Sheriff’s Office sees the loss of life and devastating injury that could have been prevented with the simple click of a seatbelt. Three out of 10 vehicle occupants, according to the statement, do not buckle up with any degree of regularity.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seatbelts reduce the risk of death among a vehicle’s front-seat passengers by a remarkable 45 percent, and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.

The goal of the Sheriff’s Office’s participation in the program, the statement reads, is to remind Custer County residents that buckling up is not only a good idea to prevent injury; it is state law. The roads will inevitably become busier with the increase in holiday travel, and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office asks for residents’ cooperation in doing everything possible to keep the roads and themselves safe.