May 27th, 2010 by Penny Hagerman
If you’ve noticed law enforcement out in droves recently on your local highways and byways, beware—if you’re not buckled up, they’re looking for you!
In an effort to increase seat belt use and save lives, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood began this year’s ”Click It or Ticket” campaign, set to run from May 24 through June 6, 2010.
As it does each year, the program is targeting drivers who risk their own lives and the lives of passengers by not taking the time to buckle up.
The mobilization is expected to involve more than 10,000 police agencies, according to a recent press release by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Why involve this level of manpower?
“Regular seat belt use is the single best way to protect yourself and your family in motor vehicle crashes,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing. But the cost for not wearing one certainly will.”
Indeed, seat belts save more than 13,000 lives each year, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And if it has its way, one of those lives may eventually be yours or that of a loved one.
Do the right thing and buckle up your children, yourself and anyone else riding in your car every time you hit the road. Driving unsecured just isn’t worth a life.