|Click It Or Ticket Campaign runs May 19 to June 2|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Click It Or Ticket Campaign which begins Monday, May 19 and concludes on June 2. The WCSO urges everyone to buckle their seatbelts as law enforcement cracks down on motorists who fail to use their seatbelts.
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night—no excuses,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seatbelt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
“Seatbelts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Sheriff Creel. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash. That’s why we’re out enforcing the law. Click It Or Ticket, every time, day or night.”