Thursday, May 10, 2012

NHTSA’s “Click It or Ticket” Campaign to Curb Fatal Car Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign called “Click It or Ticket,” addressing drivers who refuse to wear seatbelts.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign was said to be the most successful seatbelt campaign ever launched by the NHTSA.

The 2012 national "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement mobilization will commence on May 17 and will last until June 3 to help save lives by enforcing strict measures on those who don’t wear seatbelts.

Many state traffic enforcers and highway safety advocates are joining the NHTSA’s campaign in deaths of motorists by strictly implementing seatbelt laws day and night.

The NHTSA’s 2010 statistics revealed that 61% of the 10,647 people who were killed in night time vehicle accidents were not wearing seatbelts while 42% were killed during day time.  Most of the victims are younger motorists.

NHTSA Chief Kevin Crews explained that many drivers and passengers on the road during night time are not wearing seat belts, that is why fatality rate resulting from vehicle accidents during night time is higher compared to day time. 

Crews further said that the NHTSA’s campaign aims to save more lives and that said seatbelts law will be implemented round the clock.

Moreover, based on the NHTSA’s 2010 statistics, seatbelts saved approximately 2,546 lives across the country. However, the NHTSA stressed out that many motorists still need to be strictly reminded to religiously wear seatbelts.

Although the said seatbelt law will be implemented all throughout the year, the campaign will be eagerly pushed from May until June.

Therefore, the NHTSA warns motorists who prefer not to wear seatbelts that traffic enforcers will be on the lookout day and night to catch violators. Additionally, “Click It or Ticket” offenders will be ticketed during the first violation without warning and consideration.

On the other hand, a personal injury lawyer said that said “Click It or Ticket” campaign indeed might save thousands of lives. Said lawyer also anticipates that the said seatbelt program will be strictly implemented not only this season, but until the rest of the year, to avoid more injuries and fatalities resulting from vehicle accidents.