Click It or Ticket Campaign
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: News Release: 13/329/(EJA)
November 25, 2013
Click it or Ticket Campaign This Week
Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day
Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. Fairfax County Police are participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization this week to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
Fairfax County Police arejoining 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. So far in 2013, officers have issued over 3,400 citations for seat belt violations and nearly 2,000 for child restraint violations.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15,470 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first six months of 2013. For the same time frame in 2012, 16,150 died. (NHTSA Crash Stats)
The goal of the campaign is to save lives.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that “in 2011, 64 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants ages 21 to 24 killed in traffic crashes were not using restraints – the highest percentage out of all age groups.” (NHTSA Occupant Protection)
Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2011, 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 52 percent of them were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.