The Narragansett Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for a nationwide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 through June 3, 2012.
During the mobilization, teams of officers will be monitoring traffic and ticketing motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night. Violators will be fined $85 for each unrestrained vehicle occupant.
Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
In Rhode Island, data shows that 79 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. In those fatal crashes, nearly three-quarters of the motorists killed were not wearing their seat belts.
“Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts. That’s why the Narragansett Police Department is strongly supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the May 20-June 3, 2012, Click It or Ticket campaign,” said Lt. Thomas Mahoney.
Safety belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide. A local motorist cited for a seatbelt violation in a previous campaign recently thanked the issuing officer at an accident scene.
“Thank you. I’ve been buckling up since getting the ticket and I would have been injured tonight if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt,” said the thankful motorist.
Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket.
Remember to buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.
Federal funding for the program is supplied through RIDOT OHS.
Release courtesy of the Narragansett Police Department.