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Sheriff’s seat belt survey

Posted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

On Tuesday, April 9 the Spink County Sheriff’s Department conducted a survey on the usage of seat belts.

The Spink County Sheriff, Kevin Schurch, decided that it was time to figure out how many people wear their seatbelts. This decision came after two car accidents took place this winter involving unbuckled children.

Schurch wanted to start to get data to see how many people were compliant so that he can learn how to better combat the issue. Schurch believes that most Spink County residents do not wear their seat belts due to the fact that they have simply not gotten into the habit. He also believes that most people consider it an inconvenience to wear a seat belt.

The results of the seat belt survey are startling, to say the least. A total of 91 cars were surveyed. A total of 73 people in the 91 cars were not wearing there seat belts. Numerous children were not wearing their seat belts in cars that adults were wearing their seat belt. Only 14 people were actually wearing their seat belt.

Schurch conducted the survey by simply being parked near the Post Office and visually counting the number of people wearing or not wearing their seat belt. He also gave benefit to the vehicles with tinted windows and counted them as wearing their seat belts.

When it comes to wearing seat belts in Redfield Schurch has noted that “seat belt compliance in Redfield is pitiful.” Schurch hopes to obtain volunteer compliance. He is also trying to get in contact with the South Dakota Highway Patrol so that he can use their rollover simulator. The simulator is a pickup cab with a mannequin inside it that simulates a car accident rollover. The simulaor will eject the mannequin and shows viewers what happens when a human is ejected.

Schurch wants to educate the public on the safety and legalities of wearing a seat belt. Then he will consider increasing enforcement.

For the complete article see the 04-17-2013 issue.

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