TAVARES – The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding motorists to buckle up for every trip, every time.
AAA estimates that more than 46 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. Almost 90 percent of those travelers will take a road trip, which equates to more than 41 million people traveling by car between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30. That’s why it’s important for drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts, according to Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the CTST.
“We want to alert people that perhaps the single best and simplest thing they can do protect themselves and their passengers is to insist on the regular and proper use of seat belts,” said Olasimbo.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives nationwide during 2012. In fact, research shows that the risk of fatal injury to 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. More than 60 percent of the 1,400 travelers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts.
In addition, local law enforcement will be out in force sending a strong message during the “Click it or Ticket” campaign over the long holiday weekend, according to the CTST.
“Too many people fail to buckle up in the hustle and bustle of holiday travel,” said Olasimbo. “Seat belt use is traditionally lower during the evening hours, which is one of the more dangerous times on the road. Seat belts save lives - day and night, so everyone should buckle up, every trip, every time, to ensure a safer holiday season on our roadways.”
For more information about travel safety, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. For more information Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/engineering/community_traffic_safety_team or call 352-483-9048.