As motoriststake to the roads this Memorial Day holiday,Ormond Beach Police are urging everyoneto buckle up. Beginning on May22, 2017, law enforcement officials will be out in fullforce taking part inthe 2017 national Click It orTicket seat belt enforcement mobilizationand cracking down on motoristswho are not belted.
At 4:00p.m. on May 22, Ormond Beach Police will join law enforcement agenciesacross half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket(CIOT) “Border to Border”Operation. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at stateborders, sending a zerotolerance message to the public: drivingor riding unbuckledwill result in a ticket, no matter what state.According to the U.S.Department of Transportation’sNational Highway TrafficSafety Administration (NHTSA), 9,874 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were notwearing their seat beltsat the time of the crash. And, unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night thanduring the daytime: 51% of thosekilled in 2015 during the overnighthours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.
“Thereis no question that seat belts savelives,” said Ormond Beach Chief of PoliceRobert J. Godfrey. “Buckling up is not optional; it could be the difference between life anddeath in a crash.”
From 1975through 2015, seat belts havesaved an estimated 344,447 livesnationwide. So while this year’sClick Itor Ticket enforcement mobilizationruns from May 22 – June 4, officers will continue to savelives by enforcing seat belt lawsyear-round.
Formore on the national Click It orTicket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.