As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, the Clinton Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep drivers and families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.”
As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, “we want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up. If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success,” said Hayman.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.