EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is joining local and national law enforcement offers and highway safety advocates for the 2011 National Highway Traffic Administration’s (NHTA) “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization occurring May 23 through June 5.
During the mobilization, local law enforcement will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night.
According to the NHTA, nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained. In 2009, 11,593 passengers died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Of those that died, nearly two-thirds were not wearing seat belts at the time of their crashes.
“Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “This is why the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team is strongly supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the upcoming Click It or Ticket campaign, and why we will be out in force to remind drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts – both day and night.”
During the upcoming campaign, law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock, so local motorists are encouraged to be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds passengers on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, they will be issued a ticket — not a warning.
The NHTA’s high-visibility enforcement campaigns, such as Click It or Ticket mobilizations, are credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide.
For more information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, please contact Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.