Tallahassee, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 28, 2004–Florida law enforcement agencies will be aggressively ticketing unbuckled drivers during Memorial Day weekend as they continue the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement wave. Officers will be out in full force during the holiday weekend, which is historically one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
Last Memorial Day weekend, only 11 of the 32 passenger car fatalities on Florida’s roadways were buckled up. People who do not buckle up account for 60 percent of the vehicle occupants killed on our roadways each year. Law enforcement agencies want to increase the use of safety belts and reduce the number of traffic deaths through Click It or Ticket.
The Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement wave began on May 24th and will run through June 6th. During the wave, officers from agencies across the state will intensify enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws. Law enforcement has put the public on notice with an aggressive advertising and public awareness campaign – if you don’t buckle up, you will get a ticket.
Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death in children and adults throughout the United States. It is estimated that safety belts save the lives of more than 14,000 motorists each year, and save about $50 billion in medical care, lost productivity and other injury related costs nationwide.
This enforcement effort does not stop at state or regional lines. Click It or Ticket is part of a nation-wide coordinated law enforcement effort to stop drivers from recklessly putting themselves and their child passengers at risk. During this enforcement wave, nearly 13,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will intensify enforcement efforts to save lives.
Kristy Speers, (850) 681-3200