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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1 year ago

OBPD joins national Click It or Ticket program

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The program will run from May 22 to June 4.

Starting May 22, you might notice more policeman on the road due to a new national campaign to enforce seat belt laws. 

Officers from the Ormond Beach Police Department will be taking part in the 2017 national Click It or Ticket program and will be cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Local police will join law enforcement agencies across half of the United States at 4 p.m. May 22  in mobilizing the CIOT “Border to Border” Operation. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero-tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,874 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime: 51 percent of those killed in 2015 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.

“There is no question that seat belts save lives,” said Ormond Beach Chief of Police, Robert J. Godfrey. “Buckling up is not optional; it could be the difference between life and death in a crash.”

From 1975 through 2015, seat belts have saved an estimated 344,447 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 22 to June 4, officers will continue to enforce seat belt laws year-round.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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