Click It or Ticket campaign will include UC authorities
Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Union City police will be joining other law enforcement officers nationwide for the Click It or Ticket 2010 campaign.
The Union City Police Department will be a part of the enforcement effort from Monday through June 6.
During that time, local police will be conducting saturation patrols and will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on East Reelfoot Avenue in the vicinity of the National Guard armory and West Reelfoot Avenue in the vicinity of County Marketplace on May 29 from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next day.
In 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those who died were not wearing their seat belts at the time — compared to less than half (45 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.
“Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Con-sequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes,” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. “That’s why the Union City Police Department is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of belt laws during the May 24 through June 6 Click It or Ticket campaign.”
Union City police will be joining hundreds of law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual mobilization. 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 84 percent in 2009.
And belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America, officials said. In 2008 alone, seat belts saved 13,250 lives nationwide.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock,” Garner said. “If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.”
Published in The Messenger 5.20.10