"Click It or Ticket" seatbelt campaign begins
Local law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to remind motorists to "Click It or Ticket" as summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations.
Between May 21 and June 3, agencies across Tennessee will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.
According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 315 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seatbelt. This represents approximately 30 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2017.
According to the NHTSA, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
For more information about seat belt safety or the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org