FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrea B. Imms, Public Relations
Office: (504) 712-2244
Date: May 16, 2012
KPD Supports Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use
KENNER — The Kenner Police Department is once again joining local and national law enforcement agencies and safety advocates across the country in support of the 2012 National Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization, taking place May 21 - June 3. Police will be ticketing unbelted vehicle occupants around the clock during this period.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes. Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34 who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.
Unfortunately, too many people still need a tough reminder, so the Kenner Police Department will be out in full force day and night during the National Click It or Ticket mobilization period, buckling down on those who are not buckled up. While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
Drivers and passengers, seated in both the front and rear seats of vehicles, are required by Louisiana law to buckle up or be protected by an age-appropriate child restraint. This law applies to vehicles having a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less, which includes vans and pick-up trucks.
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010. Belt usage saves thousands of lives each year across America. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide. Please be a conscientious driver and wear your seatbelt every time. Insist that passengers in your vehicle do the same and always check to make sure children are properly fastened in their car seats.