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Not wearing a seatbelt? You’re breaking the law and risking your life

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- As with the rest of Nebraska, it's illegal to drive or ride in a motor vehicle on any Air Force base without wearing your seatbelts.

In addition to it "being the law," the National Safety Belt Coalition emphasizes how important seatbelt use is in limiting injury or death during accidents. Just read the article (below, to the right, to the left, wherever we place it). And although most people are aware of both the law and the risk associated with not wearing seatbelts, security forces officials have seen a surprising up turn in people not wearing their seatbelts.

In an effort to help curb the uptrend in lack of seatbelt use, safety officials, security forces patrols and unit first sergeants and commanders will be increasing seatbelt compliance checks throughout the summer months.

So it you're willing to break the law and risk injury, what can you expect when not wearing your seatbelt on base?

People on base who are caught while not wearing seatbelts can expect to lose their base driving privileges, said 55th Security Forces Squadron officials.

For the first offense, a driver will be issued a 7-day revocation of base driving privileges and one point assessed against his or her base driving record. A second offense gets another point and a 30-day revocation. People who commit a third offense within a 12-month period are looking at yet another point against their license and a year revocation.

Drivers whose base driving privileges have been revoked who then choose to continue to drive will earn them a two year revocation.

All violations are reported to unit commanders and 1st sergeants. Revocations are immediate - meaning if you're caught today, expect to be walking tomorrow.