In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, Westminster police and Maryland State Police are joining law enforcement officers across the country in a "Buckle Up, America" campaign. It starts tomorrow and runs through May 30.
The nationwide campaign, which highlights the life-saving potential of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, coincides with the start of the summer vacation season, when more vehicles are on the highways.
Red, white and blue ribbons will be tied to the radio antenna of local police cars as part of the campaign.
Westminster police are asking drivers to formally pledge that they will buckle up and protect their children by using safety belts or child safety seats. The "Buckle Up" pledges can be picked up at the Carroll County Library, Carroll Community College or the Westminster Police Department on Locust Street.
Drivers who sign the pledge cards are eligible for a prize.
During the campaign, law enforcement officers will be paying extra attention to impaired drivers and the nonuse of safety belts and child safety seats.
Westminster police said that 70 percent of drivers in Maryland use safety belts, but that more lives could be saved and injuries prevented if everyone would buckle up.