Hazard — Motorists in Perry County can expect to encounter safety checkpoints through Labor Day. The Perry County Sheriff’s Dept. has announced plans to conduct safety checkpoints from Aug. 19 through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year.
Laws pertaining to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be enforced at these checkpoints. Officers will also be checking for licenses, proper insurance and registration. Remember the law requires all passengers in a vehicle to wear seatbelts, also all children fitting state legislated specifications must be in an appropriate carseat, while riding in a vehicle.
According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Dept., traffic safety checkpoints are a valuable tool used to promote the safety and well being of the public, as well as granting police an opportunity for visibility and interaction with the community. Checkpoints are utilized throughout the Commonwealth to help promote highway safety.
USA Today reports an estimated 400 automobile accident deaths occur nationwide each year during Labor Day weekend, with about 42,000 serious injuries attributed to vehicle crashes within this period. Out of all these accidents, about 150 lives are saved because of seatbelts.
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