Click It or Ticket
Motorists who refuse, or sometimes forget, to wear their safety belt will need to be extra vigilant this month. That’s because the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) will be launching its annual May mobilization of Click It or Ticket.
The national campaign will begin on May 19 in Georgia. All motorists, even if they’re just passing through on vacation, can expect a ticket if they don’t click it because hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state will be partnering with GOHS by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
Why? Because too many people in Georgia and across the country are still being killed in traffic crashes where their lives might’ve been saved if they were wearing a seatbelt.
Unbelted fatalities are still happening in disproportionate numbers at nighttime, in pickup trucks and in rural counties. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 61 percent of the 10,647 people killed in motor vehicle crashes between 6PM and 6AM across the country in previous years were not wearing their seatbelt. That is compared to 42 percent during daytime hours. In Georgia’s rural counties, 60 percent of traffic fatalities are unrestrained. Additionally, pickup truck occupants in Georgia have the lowest seatbelt usage rate behind cars, SUV’s and vans.
Sergeant Dean Staples, who overheads the Gainesville Police Department Traffic Unit states “there’s no argument that seatbelts save lives and the statistics prove it.” “The numbers are staggering, over 51 percent of fatalities in recent years show that the occupants were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash” says Staples. Staples states “our primary goal is to protect the motoring public, prevent injuries, and stop fatalities.”
The Click It or Ticket campaign in Georgia will run from May 19th to June 1st.