May 21, 2018 | Washington, DC
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies across the country to remind everyone to buckle up.
The annual Click It or Ticket national high-visibility enforcement campaign supports law enforcement’s efforts to increase seat belt use and prevent crash fatalities. Mandatory seat belt laws are in effect in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.
NHTSA data shows there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2016. If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved.
“Safety is our top priority, and this department is proud to stand with local law enforcement officials to help spread the word about the importance of buckling up,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Over 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide will be participating in the Click It or Ticket mobilization, from May 21st - June 3rd. To help prevent crash fatalities, NHTSA is reminding those who do not wear their seat belts that they risk getting a ticket.
“High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King. “Always buckle up when you get in your vehicle, and make sure all passengers are buckled before you start driving. Remember Click It or Ticket.”
This year's campaign will also include new television ads that will target young males 18 to 34. This age group represented 44 percent of the unrestrained occupants who were killed in crashes in 2016.
Click here to see the new NHTSA advertisements.
Click here for NHTSA seat belt safety information.
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