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Why do they still have a “Click it or Ticket” campaign when there’s been a seatbelt law for years?

click itor ticketGreat question with a simple answer: because too many people still don’t wear their seatbelts on a regular basis.  National Click it or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization takes place from May 19-June 1. Because seat belts are the single most effective safety feature ever invented, it is important to re-visit this most important issue. Here are the facts:

• Unfortunately, 1 in 5 Americans fail to regularly wear a seatbelt. However, the National Safety Council reports overall seatbelt use as 88% in the U.S.

• If everyone over 5 years old wore a seatbelt, 3031 lives could have been saved in 2012.

• Of those not wearing seatbelts who were ejected from a vehicle in an accident, 79% suffered fatal injuries.

• 61% of those killed in nighttime accidents were unbuckled.

• Research has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.

• Car crashes are the #1 killer of children ages 1-12 years old in the U.S. though restraints are used most often in this group where there is a law in every state.

This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign focuses on younger people who don’t wear a seatbelt, but buckle it without wearing it. The theme for the 2014 campaign is “Try a seatbelt fake out. Land a real ticket.”

Every state has a mandatory seat belt law except New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, although there is a seat belt law, it was modified to allow for seatbelt citations only as a secondary cause. Massachusetts holds the distinction of being the third worst of the 49 states that have seat belt laws, with usage at only 73.6%, well below the national average.

Everyone at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion asks you to wear a seatbelt and to ask anyone in your vehicle to buckle up.  As the above stats show, it saves lives.

“Click it or Ticket” and stay safe this summer.

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  1. Hank Bauer
    May 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Gary a heartfelt thank-you for once again addressing the issue of seatbelt use. If memory recalls you addressed about this issue six months ago and as was the case then, resonated with me today when as always I look forward to receiving your weekly missive.

    The research (the facts) took time and effort on your part, showing for everyone who takes the time to read your invaluable blog that you Gary Jaffarian is a man of the people, a citizen who thinks about the wellbeing of those around him; a quality sadly lacking in the world we live in.

    Enough pontificating on my part, as one loyal reader of “Ask Gary” this big fan wanted to simply again say thank-you to you Gary Jaffarian for all you do each and every day as a member of our community!

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