Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement officers around the state and across the country, are joining in the 2013 National Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization.
This two-week campaign runs from May 20 through June 2 and it is geared to educating and encouraging motorists to "buckle up" in a collective effort to increase citizen seat belt compliance and reduce injuries and deaths on our roads.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
As noted, deaths involving seat belt non-use are more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
"Your safety is so very crucial," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said. "I can't stress enough the importance of fastening your seat belt and making sure everyone in your vehicle is also properly secured."
- Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
- Be sure the seat belt is properly positioned, never put the shoulder strap behind you or under your arm.
- Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.
- Learn how to properly use and install child safety seats or boosters.
Seat belts save lives.
For information on seat belt safety, visit: www.nhtsa.gov.
Source:?Lee County Sheriff's Office