TU Police Department launches Click It or Ticket to help save lives
Enforcement blitz ‘buckling down’ on those not buckled up—day and night
TOWSON, Md. (May 15, 2009)—The Towson University Police Department is joining state and local law enforcement agencies and highway safety groups in support of the national Click It orTicket seat belt enforcement campaign. From May 18 through May 31, police will be ticketing unbelted vehicle occupants around the clock—day and night.
During 2007, more than 14,000 people in passenger vehicles died in crashes while unbelted. About half of these lives could have been saved if the occupants had been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
According to new figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 63 percent of those killed in crashes during evening and night-time hours were not wearing seat belts. By contrast, 45 percent of those killed during daylight hours were not wearing seat belts.
“Consistent research has shown that fewer people are buckling up at night, when the risk of being in a fatal crash is greatest,” said Corporal George Morgan of the TU Police Department. “That’s why police officers will be out in force at night as well as during the day to make sure that drivers and passengers take seat belts, and seat belt laws, seriously.”