By Kayla Carter
Food and water?
Sunblock, lawn chairs and smiles?
Before travelling to any Labor Day weekend celebrations, state police officers are hoping everyone takes times to remember to buckle up.
“A simple click goes a long way,” said Sgt. Jonathan Street with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
With traffic increasing over the holiday, Street warns drivers to not risk neglecting a car’s safety belt, which is required by law to be worn while operating a vehicle.
“Any time there is more traffic on the roadway the risk of a crash is going to go up,” Street said. “Labor Day weekend closes out the summer. It’s the end of our big summertime campaign and we will really be out in force on the roadways.”
When Street hands out seat belt citations, most people are aware they should have been buckled up. However, there are Carter Countians who have misconceptions about a seat belt’s purpose.
“Most of the time, people don’t give us an issue,” Street said. “Some people feel like it is their right not to wear it.”
The second excuse Street hears a lot is that the driver believes the seat belt can do more damage to a person than it can help.