Police Increase Seat Belt Enforcement
During National “Click It Or Ticket” Mobilization
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, local Police Agencies throughout Robertson County are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 22 to June 4, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.
“The Springfield Police Department will increase saturation patrols with other local and state law enforcement agencies, for the enforcement of seat belt use. We encourage all motorists, passengers and operators, to simply buckle up. By using a seatbelt or child safety seat, the chances of injury decrease in the untimely event of a vehicle crash. Help us keep you safe this summer when traveling on the roadways, said Sgt. Charles Haynes.”
Chief Laurence Dennis with the Coopertown Police department tells Smokey Barn News that “The safety of the public is our utmost priority. We strive to reduce crashes and the resulting injuries and property damage associated with them.”
According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 349 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 34 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2016.
Although the state’s average seat belt usage rate increased from 86.2 percent in 2015 to 88.95 percent in 2016, Tennessee is still nationally classified as a “low use” state. In 2017, the THSO strives to change this by achieving 90 percent or higher.
“Our goal is to prevent fatalities and keep the roadways safe,” said Vic Donoho, Director of the THSO. “We ask every Tennessean to buckle up, every trip, every time.”
According to the NHTSA, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. Therefore, the primary focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement. In Tennessee, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $50.00. For more information about seat belt safety or the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
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