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