As a result of recent traffic accidents in the New Orleans area in which some of the occupants of the vehicles involved were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected and killed, State Police have issued a reminder about seatbelt usage.
"Louisiana law requires that every single passenger in the vehicle needs to be buckled. That is front seat and back seat, and again any seating position in the vehicle," says Trooper Melissa Matey.
The law also requires that children need to be properly restrained when in a vehicle.
"Because of weight, height and age, they need to be in the age appropriate seat in order to make sure that they are safe inside the vehicle," Matey said in an interview with 99.5FM.
Matey says more than half of the people killed in vehicle crashes in Louisiana last year were not wearing seatbelts.
"Seatbelts prevent ejections," Matey emphasized.