East Providence, Seekonk police announce seat belt campaign

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Local police departments are stepping up their seat belt enforcement ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

East Providence and Seekonk police authorities created a campaign called Border To Border to make sure people traveling through their communities are buckling up.

To get their message across, East Providence police demonstrated for students at Edward Martin Middle School on Monday morning what happens if you aren’t wearing your seat belt during a rollover crash.

“The act of buckling your seat belt takes less than three seconds,” said Chief Christopher Parella of the East Providence Police Department. “Three seconds that could mean the difference between living or dying, between being physically independent or not, between protecting your kids or not.”

Beginning immediately, anyone caught driving or riding in a car in either East Providence or Seekonk without a seat belt will be ticketed.

The campaign goes through June 5.

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