Click It or Ticket: Day and Night
The Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. For many children across the country, it also marks the start of summer vacation. We at NHTSA want to wish travelers a safe and happy summer by reminding everyone of the importance of buckling up—every trip, every time!
Click It or Ticket
During the Memorial Day holiday, about 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out on the roads from May 20 through June 2 to remind drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign aims at enforcing seat belt use to help keep travelers safe as they drive to their summer destinations.
According to NHTSA, 10,076 people who were killed in passenger vehicle crashes in 2017 weren’t buckled. Fifty-five percent of those fatalities happened at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.). Law enforcement will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement during the Click It or Ticket campaign, writing citations day and night.
Seat Belts Save Lives
Think you can take a ride without your seat belt? Think again: In nearly every state and the District of Columbia, seat belt use is required by law—and for good reason. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older had worn their seat belts that same year, it’s estimated an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved.
Whether you’re on a back country road or the interstate, in a minivan or an SUV, whether you’re traveling cross country or just across the street, buckle your seat belt every trip, every time. And ensure that each and every passenger – child and adult – is properly restrained, too. Doing so could save a life.