Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th
Abingdon Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance
Abingdon, VA – Once again, the Abingdon Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18th to 31st, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 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.
Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.
“If you knew you were going to be in a crash, you would wear your seatbelt, however, you don’t know when the next crash may occur. So please wear your seatbelt not only for yourself but for those who care about you,” said Police Chief Tony Sullivan.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.