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Buckle your seat belt on holidays and always

Staff Report • Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM

All drivers should buckle up before taking a trip this Labor Day weekend. In fact, buckling up is something that you and your passengers should do every time you hit the highways — regardless of the time of the year.

Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout during this long weekend for motorists who are not wearing their seat belts, are speeding or driving while intoxicated.

We sometimes hear from ticketed drivers who are not happy with law enforcement’s crackdown on unbuckled motorists. They argue that wearing a seat belt should be a decision left up to adult drivers and their adult passengers.

We would remind all of those who routinely violate the state’s seat belt law that driving on Tennessee’s highways is a privilege, not a right, and failing to obey the laws of the road will earn you a ticket.

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say about 40 million people do not regularly put on seat belts when they are on the road. A majority of those are young men living in rural areas.

That’s why it’s important for all drivers and their passengers to buckle up. It’s not just good advice, it’s the law.

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