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National Click it or Ticket campaign kicks off

The 2015 National Click it or Ticket campaign runs May 18-31. (Source: NHTSA.gov) The 2015 National Click it or Ticket campaign runs May 18-31. (Source: NHTSA.gov)
From 2009-2013, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. (Source: NHTSA.gov) From 2009-2013, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. (Source: NHTSA.gov)
In 2013, seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives. (Source: NHTSA.gov) In 2013, seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives. (Source: NHTSA.gov)
(WTVM) - The Auburn Police Division wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Click It or Ticket campaign runs May 18-31. 

As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up.

"Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound," said Sgt. Jameson Presley. "If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed."

In addition to increased patrols and zero-tolerance enforcement, police want to get the right information out to motorists. There are too many false notions out there about seat belts.

Young adults in particular seem to think they are invincible in vehicles. Unfortunately, nationally, they are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. 

Almost twice as many men are dying in vehicle crashes compared to women, and wearing their seat belts less than women. 

Pickup truck occupants think that they don't need to wear their seat belts because they believe their large vehicles will protect them in a crash. 

The numbers from NHTSA tell the truth: 63 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in crashes were not buckled up. That's compared to 43 percent of passenger car occupants who were killed while not wearing their seat belts.

"We are determined to help bring these numbers down," said Sgt. Presley. "There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven't gotten the message."

Russell County, Alabama plans to extend patrols through June 2nd.


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