This Thanksgiving holiday there will be a concentrated effort by state and local law enforcement off- icers to watch for drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts. According to an Arkansas State Police news release, this will be carried out especially along Interstate 40 during the heaviest traveled hours of the holiday. It also stated the Arkansas State Police is teaming up with other states such as Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee in assigning a trooper every 20-mile stretch of I-40 during those hours.
In 2011, three people died and two hundred forty-nine seriously injured in vehicle accidents in Arkan- sas during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the news release.
Nationally in 2011, seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics. Fifty-two percent of 21,253 passengers killed in 2011 in vehicle crashes nationally were not wearing seat belts.