“Click It or Ticket”
Hollywood Police Joins Statewide Initiative to Encourage Drivers to Buckle Up
HOLLYWOOD - In an effort to increase safety belt usage among Florida motorists, the Hollywood Police Department has joined law enforcement statewide in the “Click It or Ticket Florida” initiative. Now through May 31, 2015, Hollywood police will show zero tolerance for unrestrained motorists.
Unfortunately, too many Floridians still choose not to wear their safety belts. In 2013, 54% of male passenger vehicle occupants in fatal crashes were unrestrained, compared to 41% of females not restrained. (*NHTSA)
With the support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Hollywood Police Department hopes to make this a record-setting year for lives saved. This campaign serves to protect all motorists on Florida’s roadways and a serves as a reminder for drivers to consider the real costs of not taking safety measures.
“Click It or Ticket Florida” is designed to raise awareness about the importance of buckling up through high-visibility events and increased enforcement. According to FDOT, 89 percent of drivers and passengers in Florida are using their safety belts. This leaves nearly 2.2 million Floridians unrestrained. NHTSA data shows that drivers and passengers who do not buckle up are approximately 14 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than those who use their safety belt, which is why this initiative is so significant.
People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. Three out of four people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries. (*CDC) Buckling up is the single most important thing one can do to prevent injury or death when involved in an accident.
For more information on the “Click It or Ticket” program, visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.