The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will enforce Click It or Ticket, a campaign that ensures motorists buckle up, through June 1.
Their efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization, and as motorists celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will make sure drivers and passengers are buckled up.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Sheriff Daniel Edwards said. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”
According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also shows that more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing seat belts.
“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” Edwards said. “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message.”