refuse to wear their seat belts – Beware! The 2012 Tennessee
Click It or Ticket
seat belt enforcement mobilization kicked off May 11 to help save
lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. It will kick
off nationally on May 21, 2012.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office is joining with other state
and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates
across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing
seat belt laws around the clock.
2010 across the nation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 61 percent of
the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor
vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not
wearing their seat belts, compared to 42 percent during daytime
drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their
seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Kendell
Poole, Director of GHSO. “Our goal is to save more lives, so state
and local law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing seat belt
laws around the clock.”
alone, 2011 preliminary data shows that 189
unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night,
compared to 160 who were unrestrained and killed during daytime
Seat belt use
saves thousands of lives across the U.S. each year and GHSO is
helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010, seat
belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
passenger vehicle occupants totaling 22,187 were killed in motor
vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were
NOT wearing seat belts. Preliminary data for 2011 in
Tennessee mirrors the same percentage.
motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA 2010 data shows
that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants ages
18-34 who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent
were not buckled up at the time of the crash. The number jumps to 66
percent when only men in this age group are included.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization
runs from May 11 through June 3, motorists should know that officers
are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
“We will be out
cracking down on seat belt violators. Motorists should buckle up
every time they go out, both day and night,” said Colonel Tracy
Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “State troopers are prepared
to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click
It or Ticket.”