Click It or Ticket Florida in full force
From May 24 through June 6, 2010, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit along with BSO district deputies will be participating in Click It or Ticket Florida – a two week awareness and enforcement effort to increase seat belt compliance, and make a fist-full of cash.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation 9,372 drivers not wearing seat belts were injured and 567 more were killed in crashes in 2007. Additionally, 1,201 of 1,972 vehicle occupants killed the same year were not wearing seat belts. 62 percent of children killed in crashes were not buckled up. Nationwide in 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those who died were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes, compared to less than half (45 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed during the hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 84 percent in 2009. And belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2008 alone, seat belts saved 13,250 lives nationwide.
Enforcement will consist of saturation patrols, a DUI checkpoint and intensified traffic enforcement within BSO jurisdictions.
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