Click It or Ticket!
State and local law enforcement team up with highway safety officials to kick off the summer season with "Click It or Ticket!" a nationwide, seat belt enforcement mobilzation aimed at reducing highway deaths.
The goal of "Click It or Ticket!" is to raise seat belt usage rates. In Kansas, just 64% of motorists wear seat belts, ranking it 46th in the nation. Persons under 18 were even less likely to wear seat belts than adults. During surveys conducted over the past two springs, only 55% of persons in that age group were wearing seat belts.
This year's "Click It or Ticket!" safety campaign is placing a special emphasis on nighttime seat belt use and enforcement. Nationwide, more than 15,000 passenger vehicle occupants died of traffic crashes between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. during 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, 59% of those passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.
In the United States during 2005, safety belts saved the lives of an estimated 15,632 people over 4 years of age, and child-restraint use saved the lives of 420 children ages 4 years and younger. Drivers and passengers can cut their risk of dying in a crash by half by buckling up.
- Motor vehicle-related injuries kill more children and young adults in the age group 1 to 34 than any other single cause in the United States (CDC 2006).
- In 2005, 31,415 occupants of passenger cars and light trucks died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. This includes 1,617 children ages 15 years and younger and 4,899 people ages 16 to 20 years.
- More than half the people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2005 were not wearing safety belts.
- Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4.
- For children ages 4 to 7, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to safety belts alone.
Seat belts clearly save lives...
Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing,
but not wearing it certainly will.
So unless you want to risk a ticket, or worse, your life,
please remember to buckle up day AND night -
"Click It. Or Ticket!"