The Marvell Police Department will participate in the 2013 national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement mobilization and officers will be cracking down on motorists not using their belts according to Police Chief Vincent Bell. The campaign for this Memorial Day holiday begins May 20.
“As we kick off the busy summer driving season, it's important that everyone buckles up every time they go out – day and night – no excuses,” stated Bell. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt – “Click It or Ticket.”
U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics say that 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The stats indicate that deaths involving nonuse of seatbelts is more prevalent at night than during the daytime hours.
According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in 2011 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Seatbelts have been proven to save thousands of lives each year. However, law enforcement officials agree that far too many motorists are declining to buckle up.
“We want everyone to have a safe summer,” said Bell, “but it requires one important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt.”
NHTSA reported that seatbelts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide during 2011.
Bell noted that this year's “Click It or Ticket” mobilization begins May 20 and continues through June 2. However, the chief says, his officers are out enforcing seatbelt laws all year.
For more information about the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.