SCHP leads effort to crack down on seatbelt violations

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina troopers are cracking down on seat belts to try to make sure less people die in accidents across the state.

In the last two years, Highway Patrol says there have been more than 2,000 traffic deaths in South Carolina.

Of those 2,000, 500 were not wearing seatbelts.

“We have our own epidemic here in the state of South Carolina and it’s called ‘people not wearing their seatbelt’,” says Lance Corporal Joe Hovis.

Hovis says that if you are in a rollover crash and do not have a seatbelt on, you have a 90% chance of being thrown from the vehicle.

Highway Patrol says it is also working with local authorities as part of the ‘Target Zero Team’ to focus on speeding and seatbelt usage. 

Speed is a factor in 70% of all crashes, according to Highway Patrol.

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