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 official “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs November 22, 2006 through November 27, 2006 in Florida. Local safety belt enforcement efforts will be in full force throughout the entire holiday season beginning this weekend and extending to New Year's Day. 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. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 31,415 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes during 2005 - and 55 percent of those killed were not wearing their seat 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.