EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding everyone traveling on the roads to buckle up for every trip, every time, this Thanksgiving holiday. Drivers and passengers should also be on the lookout, as local law enforcement will be out in force sending the strong message to “Click it or Ticket”.
“Seat belts have saved more lives than any other single piece of automotive safety equipment, but in order for them to work, they have to be used,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination this holiday season, and to drive carefully, don’t drive impaired and to buckle up each and every trip, night or day.”
Driving during evening hours is one of the more dangerous times on the road because seat belt use is traditionally lower. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 187 passenger vehicle occupant deaths at night during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday period, over one-half, or 54 percent, did not have their seat belts fastened; while 49 percent in day-time crashes were not wearing seat belts.
Data provided by the NHTSA has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
For more information about traveling safely during the upcoming holiday season, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov. For more information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call (352) 483-9048.