The Lee County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement around the state and country, are joining in the 2013 National Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization.
The two-week campaign runs through Dec. 1 and is geared toward educating and encouraging motorists to "buckle up" in a effort to increase seat belt compliance and reduce injuries and deaths.
The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,174 lives in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives from 2008-12. As noted, deaths involving seat belt non-use are more prevalent at night than during the daytime.
Adults ages 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than ages 35 or older. Men are 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than women.
"Your safety is so very crucial," 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."
Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat or car seat. Deputies will loo for compliance with this being cause for a primary stop.
- 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.
For more seat belt safety information, visit: www.nhtsa.gov.