State and local law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their safety belt enforcement efforts over the next two weeks.

Coos County sheriff's deputies, along with local and state police, will be spending extra hours on patrol as part of the enforcement effort.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the enforcement blitz -- which runs from May 19 through June 1 -- is the second of three annual efforts aimed at ensuring proper use of safety belt and child restraint use.

Proper use is defined as having the lap belt placed low across the hips and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collarbone.

Unbelted or improperly restrained occupants are five times more likely to be ejected from their vehicle during a crash than someone who's belted in.

Law enforcement estimate the odds of surviving an ejection from a vehicle at one in four.

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