November 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leslie A. Sten, MPO
JCC Police announce 2011 Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign
James City County Police are encouraging citizens to make sure they buckle their seat belts over the Thanksgiving Day holiday period or run the risk of getting a ticket. The Police will be out in force as part of this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign, making sure your road trip is as safe as it can be. “Whether you’re going across town or across the State this Thanksgiving, make sure you and everyone riding with you are wearing their seat belts,” said Master Police Officer Leslie Sten.
This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign runs through Nov. 27. Although nationally seat belt use is at 85 percent, far too many people are still not buckling up and far too many are paying the ultimate price.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 23,000 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2009 across the nation and almost half (11,512) were not wearing seat belts. During the Thanksgiving holiday period (Nov. 25-30) in 2009, 303 passenger vehicle occupants died in vehicle crashes.
“Fastening a seat belt takes only a second or two, and costs you nothing. Not wearing a seat belt, especially during this Thanksgiving period, will definitely cost you a ticket at the very least, and maybe even your life,” said Officer Sten.
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
For more information about the Click it or Ticket campaign for highway safety during Thanksgiving, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ .