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”.
“During the long Thanksgiving travel weekend, many more people than usual are on the roads visiting family and friends,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “We want to alert everyone that perhaps the single best thing they can do to save lives and protect themselves and their passengers on our roadways is to insist on the regular and proper use of their seat belts.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives nationwide during 2010 alone. In fact, research shows that 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, when seat beats are worn correctly. Fifty-one percent of the 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes during 2010 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
“It’s a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Yet, too many people are still not buckling up -- especially in the hustle and bustle of holiday travel,” continued McKane. “Driving during evening hours is one of the more dangerous times on the road because seat belt use is traditionally lower. We want to get the word out that seat belts save lives – day and night, so if everyone buckles up, every trip, every time, it will be a safer holiday season.”
For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov. For more information on Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, please call 352-483-9048.