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Kootenai County to enforce seat belt rules starting Friday

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies will conduct seat-belt emphasis patrols starting Friday and continuing through Sept. 20.

They will stop drivers for moving violations and ticket those who are not using a seat belt. The patrols will be conducted across the county as a way to reduce the number of injury accidents in Kootenai County.

Sponsoring the patrol are the Idaho’s Office of Highway Operations and Safety.

Kootenai County’s 2009 compliance rate for seat belts was 82 percent, based on observational studies and post-accident reports, the Idaho Transportation Dept. reported on its website. The state average was 79 percent.

A press release notes that of all fatality accidents in 2008, only one percent of drivers or passengers wearing seat belts were ejected from their vehicles.