Lisbon PD gets grant for seat belt education, enforcement


LISBON — Police Chief David Brooks announced Friday that the Lisbon Police Department will join local state and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization May 23 to June 5.

“Seat belt usage in Maine is slightly below the national average of 85 percent, but still too many lives are lost in motor vehicle accidents where the occupants are not buckled up,” Brooks said. “The Maine Legislature recently voted against efforts to weaken Maine’s seat belt law, which is a clear indication to me that the Legislature believes that seat belts save lives and will remain a priority.”

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has awarded the Lisbon Police Department a $2,000 grant for the local seat belt enforcement and education campaign.

The educational component of the campaign will be providing the public an opportunity to see demonstrations and ride The Convincer on May 28 from 11:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. at the Lisbon Community School on Mill Street.

Riders must be 18 years of age or older. The Convincer is an easy-to-use educational tool that allows riders to experience force up to five times their weight, similar to that of a 5 to 7 mph crash.