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Buckle up for Safety

Posted in Crime Prevention May 18th, 2009 @ 10:33 am

With the Memorial Weekend coming up, law enforcement agencies throughout the country will be out in force to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up. The “Click it or Ticket” campaign kicks off for hundreds of agencies who will have larger numbers of officers patrolling for longer hours on the road to enforce many states’ mandatory safety belt law.

The money for this campaign for law enforcement comes as a result of a federal grant. Many states have seat belt laws that are “secondary enforcement,” which means an officer cannot stop a driver and give him a ticket for not buckling up. However, if you are pulled over for some other violation and the officer sees that you are not wearing a seat belt, you can be ticketed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, an estimated 1,652 lives could be saved and 22,372 serious injuries avoided each year if seat belt use rates rose to 90 percent in every state. Based on 2007 data, the report also shows that an estimated 15,147 lives were saved because of drivers buckling up their seat belts when driving.

It is especially important to make sure that your teen driver buckles up when driving. Approximately over 2,500 16-20 year old passengers not wearing a seat belt in vehicles were killed in 2007.

It only takes a minute to “Click It.” Buckle up for safety and save your life.

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