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Survey team to record seatbelt use of motorists on roadways


Police are advising motorists to be on the lookout for survey teams standing along major Hawaiʻi Island streets and highways this Friday through Tuesday (June 26 through June 30).

The teams will be taking part in the state’s annual seat belt survey. Sponsored by the State Department of Transportation, the survey will be conducted by the University of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

The survey involves stationing trained observation team members to monitor seat belt use at various sites around the island.

During the observation, team members will park and situate on the side of the road to ensure continual traffic flow and safety. They will be wearing safety vests and helmets.

In conjunction with the survey, police remind motorists that under a law signed on May 20, 2013, the driver is responsible for all other occupants of the vehicle. If the driver is stopped and any passenger is not using a seat belt, car seat or booster seat—whether in the front seat or back seat—the driver will be the one cited.

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