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November 12, 2012

Click it or Ticket starts today

A recent survey completed during the day by Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit revealed the percentage of seatbelt use in the city of Dalton was at 86 percent, well below the state average of 90 percent.  

In October of 2011 a survey was conducted at night and showed that only 80 percent of motorists were wearing their seat belt. Lower seat belt usage would be consistent with more fatalities occurring at night.

In an effort to curb serious injury crashes, Dalton Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the mobilization “Click it or Ticket,” which begins today and runs through Nov. 25.  

The national mobilization of law enforcement agencies is geared to educate motorists that proper use of seat belts saves lives.  The Dalton Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division will be conducting special operations to enforce Georgia’s occupant safety laws both day and night during the mobilization.  Officers will be using road checks and concentrated patrols as tools to spot motorists violating seat belt and child restraint laws in an effort to limit the number of serious injury or fatality car crashes.  

Motorists are reminded that any front seat passenger of a passenger vehicle, including pickup trucks, operating on Georgia roads must wear a seat belt.  Any passenger of a vehicle under 18 years of age must wear a seat belt no matter where they are seated in the vehicle, and all children under the age of 8 years must be placed in an approved Child Safety Restraint.

 Motorists should also be aware that not wearing a seat belt correctly with the shoulder belt across the chest will not give the passenger any protection if the vehicle is involved in a crash.

Click it or Ticket is also a great time for parents who have children under the age of 8 to stop by the Dalton Police Service Center to have that child safety restraint checked for proper instillation and to make sure it is the correct child safety restraint for their young ones.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 12,546 lives were saved nationwide in 2010 just by passengers buckling up, which only takes a second.

 Unfortunately, not everyone is getting the message.  Data from NHTSA also shows that 51 percent of all passengers of vehicles involved in crashes lost their life because they were not buckled up.  When comparing the number of fatalities from traffic crashes during the day vs. night, the numbers are staggering.  Data from NHSTA shows that 61 percenter of passengers killed during the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. were not wearing their seat belt compared to 42 percent during the day.

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