For the next two weeks, law enforcement agencies across the country will be buckling down on buckling up.
The “Click It or Ticket” annual campaign, encouraging every passenger to wear a seat belt when riding in motor vehicles, kicked off on May 23.
“It’s a simple idea that every driver and passenger should keep in mind: buckle up, every time,” said United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Putting on your seat belt is one of the easiest and safest choices you can make.”
Forty-nine percent of occupants in passenger vehicles who were killed in accidents during 2014 were not wearing seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a May 12 press release,
State seat belt laws vary considerably, but details can be found here.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind noted that “we have made enormous progress as a nation in increasing seat belt use, but far too many people are still dying because they are not buckled up during crashes.”
The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,802 lives during 2014. From 2010 to 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives.
“Before you even turn the key, make sure that everyone in your car has their seat belt on, every trip, day and night,” Rosekind said.
— Lincoln Police (@Lincoln_Police) May 23, 2016
On the campaign’s website, Americans are encouraged to share statistic-citing infographics and videos to urge those around them to buckle up.
The campaign targets men specifically, who were found to wear seat belts at a lower rate than women.
One promotional video notes that occupants have only a 50/50 chance of surviving a crash if they are not wearing a seatbelt.