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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cottondale Police Department Launches "Click It or Ticket" to Help Save Lives

By Chief William Watford

Enforcement Blitz ‘Buckling Down’ On Those Not Buckled Up – Day and Night
During 2007, more than 14,000 people in passenger vehicles died in crashes while unbelted. About half of these lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. As sad as this statistic is, the numbers are even worse at night than during the day, according to new figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nationwide in 2007, 14,464 passenger vehicle occupants died in highway crashes during evening and night-time hours (6p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), and fully 63 percent of those killed in crashes (8,319) were not wearing their seat belts. By contrast, during daylight hours, 45 percent (5,917) of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
That’s why (Cottondale Police Department) is joining state and local law enforcement agencies and highway safety groups in supporting an aggressive national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign from May 11 through May 31. Police will be ticketing unbelted vehicle occupants around the clock – night and day.
"Consistent research has shown that fewer people are buckling up at night, when the risk of a being in a fatal crash is greatest." "That’s why police will be out in force at night as well as during the day to make sure that drivers and passengers take seat belts, and seat belt laws, seriously."

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