Mineral County Sheriff’s Office will be Joining Forces looking for drivers and other occupants in vehicles who are not wearing their seatbelts and/or children who are not properly secured in car or booster seat(s). Deputies and Troopers will be stopping drivers for different traffic offenses and issuing citations for seatbelt violations from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 throughout Mineral County, Nev.

It is important to wear your seatbelt because according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nearly 14,000 people’s lives in America were saved because they wore their seatbelt during 2015. Seat belt use in 2016 reached 90.1 percent, up from 88.5 percent in 2015; this was a statistically significant increase at the 0.05 level. However, everyone should wear their seatbelt every time they are in a vehicle.

Funding for the extra patrols is made possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement in the areas of DUI, speed, distracted driving, seat belt and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.