Seat Belts Save Lives
The Click It or Ticket campaign is back once again to promote roadway safety by demonstrating the importance of using a seat belt. The program spreads its message through multiple mediums, including:
- checkpoints with zero tolerance enforcement by law enforcement agencies
- public service announcements and signs reminding drivers to buckle up
- support from school and other local agencies
all to increase seat belt use.
This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign stresses the fact that buckling up when you get into a vehicle greatly increases your safety. The campaign is well-known for its police presence, but the tickets are a helpful reminder for some drivers and passengers.
Whatever your reason for using a seat belt, whether you were reminded by a police officer or a buckle up sign, once you buckle up, you are safer.
Of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupant fatalitites in 2011, 52% of the victims were not wearing seat belts (source: NHTSA). It can be estimated that 80% of the public regularly wears seat belts, and the campaign hopes to raise that percentage even higher.
With summer about to begin and drivers hitting the road for weekend getaways, officials hope "Click It or Ticket" is a message that is remembered and practiced everytime people take a trip. Of the drivers that tend not to wear seat belts, young drivers, commercial drivers, and those who drive at night are less likely to buckle up.
With 49 states, and the District of Columbia, enforcing mandatory seat belt laws, chances are that whereever you go this holiday weekend, you can count on finding Click It or Ticket reminders to help you stay safe on the road.