Motorists in Danville are reminded to make sure their safety belts are fastened when they get behind the wheel. Beginning Monday, May 21, police officers throughout the state will be kicking off the Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives.
"Too many drivers and passengers are not wearing their seat belts, and too often that choice ends in tragedy," said Police Chief Steve Simpkins. "Our goal is to save more lives, so Danville PD will be enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."
Police will be enforcing seat belt usage by drivers and passengers, but will also be issuing citations for those who do not have children under the age of 8 properly buckled into an appropriate child safety seat.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across American each year. 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show seat belts saved an estimated 12,456 lives nationwide. According to the Danville Police annual report, traffic collisions increased 21.8 percent between 2011 and the previous year.
Danville had as two fatal collisions in 2011, up from one in 2010. Both injury and vehicle versus pedestrian collision decreased.
This statewide enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 June 3, 2012, but Simpkins said that officers will still be on the lookout even after the effort ends.
"The safe bet is to buckle up, because if you don't, you are likely to get a ticket," he added.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, contact Sgt. Nate McCormack at 314-3721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.