What does a safety belt assembly properly adjusted and securely fastened mean? Where is it outlined as to how the safety belt should fit? Why can't I have the shoulder harness under my arm? These are just a few questions asked since the new "buckle-up" law went into effect July 1, 2002.

For lap and shoulder belts to work effectively, they must be worn correctly. Be sure the lap belt portion of your safety belt fits snugly and as low as possible around the hips; use the shoulder belt on the outside shoulder only; never wear the shoulder belt under the arm; never swing the shoulder belt around your neck over the inside shoulder; never use a single belt for more than one person. Failure to wear a safety belt correctly could reduce the effectiveness of the safety belt and increase the risk of injury in a collision. Information on how to correctly wear safety belts can be found in the vehicles owner's manual.

Unfortunately there are numerous instances when occupants of a vehicle involved in a collision were seriously injured or died as a result of not wearing a seatbelt or not wearing it correctly.

Washington State ranks highest in the nation for seat belt usage with 92.6 percent compliance. The patrol is beginning a new seatbelt law compliance campaign, offering incentives to troopers who write a quota of tickets. Violation of the law results in an $86 ticket.

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