The Crash Dummies, Vince and Larry, are making a comeback this summer to remind people to “Buckle Up.” It is simple, takes 2 seconds and no doubt saves lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of crash victims killed at night (6 PM – 5:59 AM) were not wearing their seatbelts. In an effort to combat fatality and injury crashes, officers will be exhibiting zero tolerance for drivers who are not buckled, speeding, or driving while distracted or impaired.
Not wearing a seatbelt is dangerous and puts everyone in the vehicle in jeopardy. Those not wearing a safety belt become a projectile and kill others who are buckled. In Iowa, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $135.50 (Iowa code 321.445).
The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Crash Dummies (Vince and Larry) remind you to always Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time. Stay tuned for more on the Crash Dummies “Wrecked It” Reunion Tour.
The Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office plan on partnering for enhanced patrols on June 5, 2023. On this date law enforcement officers will be on the look out for speeding drivers, distracted drivers, impaired drivers and drivers not wearing their seatbelts. It is our goal to decrease injury and fatality accidents in Le Mars and Plymouth County. Please buckle up and drive safe!
Le Mars Police Department
Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office