Law Enforcement says Click It or Ticket
Tue, 22 May 2012 03:45:00 GMT —
Today marked the start of the 100 Days of Summer and Click It or Ticket, a state-wide campaign aimed at letting people know that cops are cracking down on speeding and seatbelt laws.
"Today is basically public awareness. This is what we're out here doing, this is what you can expect to see, you're going to see a lot more of us," said Georgia State Patrol Lieutenant, Buddy Johnson.
Throughout the week, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will travel across Georgia to kick off Click It or Ticket and increase seatbelt usage.
"We want to make sure that people who use the roads, and this is the heaviest time of year for road usage, are as safe as they possibly can be," said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Blackwood says that around 69% of car crash fatalities that happen after 9 p.m. are due to the lack of buckling up.
Since the start of the campaign in 2004 state-wide seatbelt usage has increased to 93%, lowering the number of deaths from 1,700 in 2005 to around 1,150 in 2011.
While everyone should wear their seatbelts, law enforcement says it's especially important for children to start wearing them at a young age.
"Children are the innocent victims in this. Adults can make a conscious decision whether or not to wear their safety belts, but a child doesn't get to make that decision," said Blackwood.
"The younger you get to the kid and explain to them you need to be in a seat, and we're talking about from infant on, if you put your child in a car seat as an infant and keep them in one, they will automatically go to the car seat," said Johnson.
Buckling up at a young age becomes an important habit because it will stay with someone forever.
"As they have children, they'll instill that same ethic into that child so it's something that can go from generation to generation," said Corporal Jon Segroves of the Albany Police Department.
The campaign runs until June 3rd, so expect to get a ticket if you don't click it.