Motorists beware: Click it or Ticket is here. The Florida Highway Patrol join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign that kicks off May 20 and ends June 2. During the mobilization, officers will help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up.
Wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to help prevent injuries in the event of a traffic crash. Unfortunately, many motorists do not use this important safety feature.
Since 2009, Florida’s primary safety belt law requires drivers and passengers to fasten their safety belts and has saved countless lives. Three things to remember when it comes to seatbelts:
- Buckle up every time you get in your vehicle.
- Make sure your passengers are also buckled.
- If you already wear your safety belt, keep it up.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Deaths involving non-use of seat belts were more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 people who died in vehicle crashes in 2011 did so during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Remember that you can dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone to report an aggressive or impaired driver or to request roadside assistance.