05/20/2022

Click it or Ticket Campaign

Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts May 23 With Border To Border Kickoff Event

 

Camdenton, MO, 05-20-22 - During this year's national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which will take place May 23 through June 5, 2022, the Camden County Sheriff's Office will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kickoff event. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking all states to participate in B2B, a national seat belt awareness event on May 23, which is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons.

According to NHTSA, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.-5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That is why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night. In Missouri, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is only $10.00, but the actual cost of not wearing a seatbelt could be severe injury or even death.

Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in passenger vehicle crashes in 2020, more than half (60%) were completely unrestrained - one of the highest percentages for all age groups. Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2020, 67% of the 23,824 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do - 55% of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes.

If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone - front seat and back, child and adult - needs to remember to buckle up.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit NHTSA.gov/ciot.

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