The annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign will run from May 21 to June 3 this year.
State police and local agencies will used marked and unmarked squad cars, checkpoints and roving details to patrol for unbelted drivers and front-seat passengers, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. State law allows officers to pull drivers over specifically for a seat belt violation.
“It’s a key safety element when operating a vehicle. It’s your first line of defense against injury when involved in a motor vehicle accident,” said Rome Police Detective Jeffrey M. Lanigan. He said Rome participates in the crackdown campaign every year.
“A lot of fatalities could have been prevented if people were wearing their seat belt. This is our time of the year to emphasize how important it is.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use saved an estimated 14,668 lives in 2016, and could have saved another 2,456, had those people been wearing their seat belts. The proper restraints reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent for front-seat passengers.