Georgia's Click It or Ticket Program
State Launching Two-Week Seatbelt Campaign Leading Up To Thanksgiving
‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement program warns motorists to buckle up when hitting the road
(ATLANTA) This Thanksgiving, law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up for the Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to make sure all motorists are buckled up no matter where they’re headed this holiday season.
The Thanksgiving travel period has always been one of the busiest times on Georgia roads and because of that, GOHS uses this time of year to remind motorists to buckle up not just for the holiday, but 24/7/365. Because holiday fatalities and unbelted crashes continue to occur at unacceptable rates, GOHS makes Click It Or Ticket a Thanksgiving tradition as much as turkey and stuffing.
While fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period (Wednesday thru Sunday) were down in Georgia last year, collisions and injuries both increased. And it’s not just a problem in Georgia, where we have one of the highest seatbelt rates in the country.
“Almost half of the people who died in traffic crashes last Thanksgiving were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash,” said Harris Blackwood, GOHS Director. “That’s why here in Georgia, because we share our borders with five other states, we warn residents and visitors alike to click it or ticket. We want everyone to get home safe, but all violators will be pulled over.”
During the 2014 Thanksgiving travel period (6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes nationwide. Sadly, fifty percent of those killed were NOT wearing seat belts.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that proper seatbelt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent. In 2014, seatbelts saved the lives of 12,802 passenger vehicle occupants. If seat belt use had been at 100 percent, an additional 2,814 people would still be alive this Thanksgiving.
“Out dedicated law enforcement see the firsthand devastation of what happens when people don’t buckle up, “ Blackwood said. “Whether you’re going out to eat locally or travelling across several states to celebrate with family, make sure you buckle up.”
For more information on Click It or Ticket or any other highway safety programs in Georgia, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.