TALLAHASSEE – Motorists beware: Click it or Ticket is here. The nationwide seat belt enforcement campaign begins today and runs through June 3.
The Florida Highway Patrol will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the two-week national safety belt enforcement campaign.
During the mobilization, officers will help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up, according to an FHP news release.
“While Florida reached a record high last year for safety belt use, we still see many drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up. All too often it ends in tragedy,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “One of our goals is to save lives through education and enforcement campaigns such as Click it or Ticket.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2010 alone, safety belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
Florida law requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to fasten their safety belts. Occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit in a vehicle, also must buckle up. Motorist cited for failure to buckle up face a non-moving violation.
For more on Click It or Ticket, visit NHTSA’s website at www.nhtsa.gov/PEAK.
For additional details and statistics on the Sunshine State’s 2011 safety belt usage, to include county statistics, visit the Florida Department of Transportation’s website at www.dot.state.fl.us/safety/.