As fair approaches, seat belt use emphasized in Putnam County

OTTAWA — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are working together to emphasize seat belt enforcement during the week of the Putnam County Fair.

Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers will be highly visible during the week of June 21-25 to address seat belt usage in Putnam County. Three traffic fatalities have occurred to date this year in northern Putnam County, and in each of those traffic crashes a vehicle’s occupant was killed while not wearing a seat belt.

“We must emphasize the use of seat belts when they are available. Investigations into these crashes shows that if seat belts would have been used, the likelihood of survival is extremely high” Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker said in a press release.

Lt. Tim Grigsby, the Lima post commander, expressed his concern about the recent deaths.

“We have lost three people in a matter of six weeks in Putnam County,” Grigsby said. “Although there are different circumstances surrounding each crash, the common denominator is that the person who was killed was not wearing a seat belt.”

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