MPD to community: ‘Click It or Ticket’
Marion police joining in state, national seat belt enforcement
email@example.com As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and more drivers hit the roads, the Marion Police Department is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. This annual campaign is part of the U.S.
Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from Nov. 16-29, 2020.
Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep people safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with this busy travel season.
“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we'll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the seat belt safety message gets out to all drivers and passengers,” said Cpl. Jon Lewis of the Marion Police Department.
“By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life and devastating injuries that could've been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. That's why buckling up is more than just a good idea-it's the law.”
Lewis and the rest of the Marion Police Department will be out in force to make sure everyone is buckled up for safety To kick off this year's Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, NHTSA is asking all states to participate in the Border to Border (B2B) initiative, a national seat belt awareness event from coast to coast that is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. B2B aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints.
Seat belts save lives — something that the numbers confirm. According to NHTSA, in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.-5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That's why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.
Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
Cpl. Jonathan Lewis