“Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort
to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation,
May 23 to June 5, 2016, East Jefferson Levee District law enforcement personnel
will participate in the national Click It
or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt
use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of
the busiest travel weekends of the year.
research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while
88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50
percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states,
the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact
gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat
In 2014, nearly
half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were
unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59
a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement
agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
This year, NHTSA
is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a “Coast
to Coast” seat belt enforcement effort, to include all law enforcement around
specific interstate corridors, such as I-10, I-40, I-70, and I-80. This effort
does not limit Click It or Ticket
enforcement to these corridors, or prevent states from participating in the
campaign; rather, these corridors will serve to link and highlight the “Coast
to Coast” seat belt enforcement effort. All law enforcement agencies can join
the effort to emphasize the “Coast to Coast” effort.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.