Local Police Participating in NHTSA’s Click it or Ticket Campaign
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 18, 2016 in Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with local police departments have come together to kick off its annual Click it or Ticket campaign. The safety campaign is intended to urge vehicle occupants to wear their seatbelts.
In 2014, the safety belt usage rate in the U.S. grew to 88.5 percent. However, data still shows that about 49 percent of traffic fatalities that same year involved those who were unrestrained. Additionally, of the accident fatalities at night, 57 percent involved unrestrained vehicle occupants.
Although seatbelt usage has been steadily increasing, fatalities caused by the failure to use a seatbelt are all too common.
Law enforcement across Connecticut will be out in full force encouraging drivers to buckle up. Some of this encouragement though will be provided through citations. Police are expected to be patrolling day and night to crack down on those not wearing their seatbelts. In Connecticut, a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt is $92.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation will specifically focus on nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Data reveals that drivers are much less likely to wear their seatbelts at night, which may be due to factors such as fatigue or intoxication. Saturation patrols and checkpoints may be completed in an effort to crack down on drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.
It is also important to dispel myths that some vehicles, such as pickup trucks, provide more protection. Others believe that being in the back seat means they are safe, even if they are not wearing a seatbelt. It is important that everyone wear a seatbelt, no matter how long or short the distance is to your destination.
In 2012, approximately 53 unrestrained vehicle occupants were fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut. About twice as many men as woman were killed in these accidents. The NHTSA also notes that men are less likely to wear their seatbelt than women.
D'Amico & Pettinicchi urges all drivers and passengers to always wear their seatbelts. If you are ever injured in a car wreck caused by a careless driver, contact us right away. We can evaluate your claim for free and determine if you are entitled to compensation.