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GSP launches Operation Click It or Ticket

From the Georgia Department of Public Safety 

(ATLANTA) - Georgia State Troopers are joining law enforcement officers across the country for Operation Click It or Ticket to promote seat belt and child passenger safety for the holidays. 

The two-week enforcement wave began this morning and ends Sunday, November 27.  Law enforcement officers across the United States will be concentrating on seat belt and child restraint violations during patrols.

Operation Click It or Ticket is a nationwide mobilization of law enforcement to enforce safety belt and child restraint laws to boost safety on the nation's roads.  In Georgia, Operation Click It or Ticket is coordinated by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the nationwide crackdown on occupant protection violations is being conducted to save lives.  "An unrestrained driver and unrestrained  passengers are more likely to be seriously injured or killed when a traffic crash occurs," he said.  "Making sure adults and children are properly restrained will reduce the number of traffic deaths on our roads."

Georgia law requires that adults 18 years of age and older must wear safety belts while driving or while riding in the front seat of passenger vehicles and pickup trucks, including sport utility vehicles.

Children ages 8 through 17 must be restrained by a safety belt at all times, and children under age eight must be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat in the rear seat of vehicles.

For more information on Georgia's occupant protection laws, visit the Governor's Office of Highway Safety website at http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/ChildPassengerc3.pdf.

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