Spencer Police Department announces participation in “Click It or Ticket” campaign
by Bobby Lee McCulley | May 10, 2018 9:46 am
Spencer Police Department recently announced their agency will be participating in increasing seat belt enforcement during the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization campaign.
From May 21 to June 3, law enforcement agencies from across the state will be focusing on increasing seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization campaign.
“Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car, but it’s more than that – buckling up is the law,” according to Michael Brock, Spencer police Cchief. “Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.”
According to Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network, commonly referred to as TITAN, 315 people who were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 30 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities, in 2017.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half – 48 percent – of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes, in 2016, were unrestrained. For nighttime driving, especially from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.
Because of these statistics, the “Click It or Ticket” campaign will especially be focused on nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies, including Spencer Police Department, will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, since statistics began being collected, in 2003, the national seat belt usage rate among younger adults increased from 63 percent to 80 percent overall. Law enforcement agencies hope that through the continuation of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign, the number of motorists utilizing seatbelts consistently will continue to rise.
For more information about seat belt safety or the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, visit their website at www.tntrafficsafety.org.