As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Kosciusko County law enforcement officers are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning Friday, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Warsaw Police Lt. Kip Shuter. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. As noted, deaths involving seat belt nonuse are more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Kosciusko County Sheriff Captain Aaron Rovenstine. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt.”
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov.