Release Date/Time: 5/19/2016 9:57 AM
Incident: Click It or Ticket Campaign
Report #: N/A
Date: Thursday, 5/19/2016
Time: 9:53 AM
Location: City of Salinas
New 'Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort Aims to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation, Save Lives
Salinas CA – From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. In California, more than a half million people travel our roadways at grave risk without proper restraints. These facts gravely highlight the need for increased education, awareness and enforcement of seat belt use.
This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a 'Coast to Coast” seat belt education and enforcement effort with the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement around the I-10, I-40, I-70 and I-80 corridors. Additionally, law enforcement agencies statewide are joining the Click It or Ticket effort to emphasize the 'Coast to Coast” seat belt safety awareness campaign in all 50 states.
'Throughout the nation the principal job of law enforcement is to protect its citizens,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'One of the best ways we can protect people is to make sure they are buckling up. We see the deadly and often gruesome results that come from those who fail to wear their seat belt. I've seen people walk away uninjured from some pretty gnarly crashes because they were buckled up. If you want to survive a crash and minimize any injuries, take a second to buckle up before driving away.”
In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationally were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach. 'Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250