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GA Highway Safety launches Click it or Ticket campaign

ATLANTA - It's click it or ticket time in Georgia!  Georgia traffic enforcement officers are once again launching their statewide campaign.

Hundreds of police agencies statewide will be running roadchecks day and night this November to track down drivers and passengers who don't bother to buckle-up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released their 2008 findings that show 64-percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during nighttime crashes were NOT wearing their safetybelts. In comparison, 46-percent of daytime crash fatalities were unbuckled.

What's more, nighttime is also the most deadly driving time during the national Thanksgiving travel period.

Of the 231 after-dark crash fatalities during the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday period, 67-percent were riding with unfastened seat belts, while 40-percent of fatalities during daytime crashes were unbuckled.

More than half the Georgians killed in car crashes in 2008 were NOT wearing safetybelts.  

State Troopers, GSP NightHawk Patrols, and H.E.A.T. Units will roll-out high visibility enforcement measures during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Buckling your seatbelt costs you nothing, but doing nothing can cost you everything," says GOHS Director Dallas.  "Risking a ticket is bad enough, but risking your life could be a mistake you can't undo.  Remember to buckle up…every trip, day and night."

 The Georgia Click It Or Ticket enforcement campaign runs November 16th through November 29th, 2009.

For more information on our lifesaving highway safety initiatives, visit www.gahighwaysafety,org  Day or Night.

Source: Georgia Office of Highway Safety

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