You've probably heard that seatbelts save lives, but you may not realize they can save you money as well. That is, if you're stopped during next week's Click It or Ticket campaign.
Law enforcement officials all over the nation, from local police departments to the state highway patrol will be watching to see whether or not you're buckled-up this holiday season.
"It doesn't matter whether you're in the city or in the county or wherever. This emphasis is strong," said Capt. Tommy Miller of the Meridian Police department. "We want you to arrive safely. State law says buckle up."
Click It or Ticket has been successful at promoting drivers to wear safety belts in the past and officers are expecting that trend to continue.
"We know that seat belts save lives," said Maj. Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, "and we'll be out there watching to make sure you're buckled up."
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Children and youth less than age 18 are covered under the Child Passenger Safety Law. Children less than age 18 must be buckled up in the rear seat as well as the front.
- During May 2001, all eight southeastern states in NHTSA'S Region IV (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee) conducted Click It or Ticket.
- Click It or Ticket is an intensive belt use enforcement program.
- Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States, and therefore a significant threat to public health.
- Failure to buckle up contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety related behavior. Increasing seat belt usage is the most effective and immediate way to save lives and reduce injuries on roadways.
- The Click It or Ticket enforcement blitz is scheduled for periods surrounding Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Driver's and passengers are subject to the law always when in a moving vehicle.
- Drivers are responsible for themselves and for all children less than age 18 in the front or back seat.
- Front seat passengers ages 18 and older are responsible for themselves and would get the ticket rather than the driver.
- The law requires the proper use of whatever seat belt system the seating position provides.
- Vehicles equipped with air bags also provide lap and shoulder belts that must be worn.
- Some vehicles have automatic shoulder belts with lap belts that are fastened manually. These manual lap belts must be used for compliance and for maximum protection.
Source: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/ClickItorTicket/2002.html (The Tennessee Click It or Ticket Web site)