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Monday, May 21, 2012

Click It or Ticket Campaign for 2012 Starts Today

There aren’t too many times that the police will tell you where they are going to be and what type of traffic offenses they are looking for but this Memorial Day weekend will be one of those times. The annual “Click It orTicket” campaign begins on Monday, May 21st and will run through the end of Memorial Day weekend. State highway patrols and local law enforcement agencies in ALL 50 states will be participating in this campaign to keep the roads safe for Memorial Day travelers.

Along with watching for the typical traffic infractions, the law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for those who aren’t wearing seat belts and will be making stops and issuing tickets. They will be especially watchful at night.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

According to the Department of Transportation, “Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy. Our goal is to save more lives, so law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year and law enforcement is helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.”

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