Click It or Ticket 2010 campaign comes to TU campus

Towson police crack down on motorists not wearing seat belts

TOWSON, Md. (May 25, 2010)—More than 160 years since its invention, the seat belt remains the single most effective form of crash protection available.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles in 2008 saved an estimated 13,250 lives. An additional 4,152 lives would have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had been wearing their seat belts.

To protect local lives, Towson University Police have partnered with law enforcement officers, highway officials and safety advocates across the country in support of the 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization. From May 24-June 6, 2010, drivers can expect to receive tickets—not warnings—if officers find them out on the roads unbuckled.

Among those least likely to buckle up are nighttime drivers. Of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2008, 64 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crashes. As a result, night enforcement has become a hallmark of the Click It or Ticket mobilization and motorists can expect police to be out in force—day and night.

Also at increased risk are teens and young adults, who neglect to buckle up in greater numbers than any other age demographic. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American youth, exceeding all crime- and disease-related causes.

High-visibility enforcement campaigns such as the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization are widely credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed rate of 84 percent today.

For more information on the national seat belt mobilization, visit Click It or Ticket headquarters.






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