Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers To Click It Or Ticket

Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers To Click It Or Ticket

The campaign, aimed at increasing seat belt usage through traffic safety checkpoints and enforcement patrols, occurs annually around the Memorial Day holiday, this year May 21 to June 3.

According to a report by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, roughly 95 percent of Washington drivers use their seat belts. Adults and children must use their seat belts and child restraints at all times. In the following years, the state's seat belt usage rate rose and by 2002 the rate was 82 percent. Among the nearly 34,000 people injured in crashes in Oklahoma during 2016, 2,500 were not restrained.

State laws requires motorists to wear seatbelts and children to be properly restrained in auto seats or booster seats. As a result, officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired driving arrests.

Law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a national safety campaign during the summer travel season. That is why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign will be nighttime enforcement.

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There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent. That's compared to 42 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed.

"Seat belts are the first line of defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash and buckling up is the number one thing drivers and passengers can do to keep themselves safe in a auto", Major James B. Basinger, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol, said in a release. If they're caught, they'll get a $136 ticket.

North Carolina law requires drivers and passengers to be properly restrained by using a seat belt.

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