TAVARES — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), a consortium of more than two dozen agencies including Lake County Government, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and local municipalities, are supporting the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement mobilization.
Safety belt saturation patrols and other stepped-up law enforcement activities will be conducted during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs May 14 through June 4 in Florida. Although safety belt use increased to a record 82 percent nationally in 2005, less than 74 percent of drivers and passengers observed in Florida were using their safety belts. A lower safety belt usage rate was recorded for pickup-truck occupants (less than 62 percent).
Failure to regularly use a safety belt can be deadly. During 2004 in Florida, 2,179 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes and more than 62 percent of those killed were not using their safety belts at the time of the crash.
“Safety belts clearly save lives,” said Noble Olasimbo, a member of the CTST and an engineer in the Lake County Department of Public Works. “But unfortunately too many people in Florida still need a tough reminder, so law enforcement agencies are going to be out in full force looking out for those who are not buckled up. Remember, it doesn’t matter if it is day or night, click it or you will get a ticket.”
Regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect yourself, friends and loved ones from being injured or dying in a motor-vehicle crash. When worn correctly, safety belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to motor-vehicle occupants.
For more information on the “Click It or Ticket Florida” enforcement mobilization, log on to www.clickitfla.com.