Click It or Ticket Campaign, May 15 - June 4

Click It or Ticket Campaign, May 15 - June 4

Every year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to visit family and start their summer vacations.

Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America.

Beginning Monday, May 21, and running through Tuesday, June 3, the annual "Click It or Ticket" national mobilization effort will use high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. "If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we'll consider it a success".

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"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. At night from 6 p.m.to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.

"The best way to protect yourself in a crash is by wearing a seat belt", said Mark Ezzell, director of the N.C. Governors Highway Safety Program.

Officers stress this campaign is not about writing more tickets but saving more lives. If a driver is stopped by an officer and occupants aren't wearing the proper restraints the seatbelt laws will be strictly enforced. "Adults should wear a seat belt - every trip, every time - and ensure children are properly buckled in an appropriate child passenger safety seat".

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