Speeches and Presentations

Remarks: Click It or Ticket

Dr. Mark R. Rosekind , NHTSA Administrator

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Chicago

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D.
Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
Chicago
Thursday, May 12, 2016
As Prepared for Delivery

The national seat belt use rate is at 88.5 percent, which continues a steady increase but too many people - an estimated 27.5 million — still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.

Buckling up is required by law for a reason: From 2010 to 2014 seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. In 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 12,802 lives.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that in 2014, half of occupants killed in crashes in the United States were unbelted. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, co-workers, friends …

That’s why we’re teaming up with CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) to kick off the 2016 National Click It or Ticket safety mobilization.

From May 23 - June 5, State and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.

Click It or Ticket is about saving lives; it isn’t about the citations.

The numbers are particularly tragic for young adults ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes, 57 percent were completely unrestrained.

And men wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do – 53 percent of men in fatal crashes were unbelted, compared to 40 percent for women.

This annual safety campaign is designed to urge all occupants to always buckle their safety belts, while they ride in vehicles on America’s roadways.

Day or night, always wear your seat belts.

Let your friends, family, and everyone in your vehicles know that they should wear their seat belts and if they don’t they could get a ticket – worse, they could be injured or killed.

Join the conversation on social media about the consequences of not wearing your seat belt by using the hashtag #clickitorticket.

For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Thank you.