According to the Honolulu Police Department, seat belts save lives.
A woman was killed in an early morning crash in Laie Wednesday. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
HPD provided statistics of traffic fatalities including the number of people who died who weren’t buckled up.
Here’s the breakdown for Oahu: In 2013, 20 died in car accidents. Of those 20 people, 12 of them were not wearing seat belts.
In 2014, 14 people died in car accidents. Of those 14 people, 10 of them were not wearing seat belts.
So far in 2015, five people died in car accidents. Of those five people, three of them were not wearing seat belts.
Capt. Darren Izumo says he’s been to more than 500 fatal and critical accidents in his career. He encourages everyone to buckle up.
“Not only can I say that seat belts save lives, the impact to the family, the surviving family of the victims, you can’t put a measure on that. To see what they have to go through because of something that could’ve been prevented by wearing a seat belt,” Izumo said.
As for the people who don’t buckle up, Izumo said “there is no single demographic. It runs the gamut.”
Hawaii law requires everyone in the car to wear a seat belt.
In May, HPD will be conducting its “Click It or Ticket” campaign, where officers will be stepping up seat belt enforcement.
So far this year, HPD has issued about 350 seat belt citations. It issues around 7,000 citations each year.
Anyone caught breaking the law faces a $102 fine.