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Click It or Ticket

posted May 13, 2014, 11:39 AM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated May 13, 2014, 11:42 AM ]
Traffic Safety News 
From the Delaware Office of Highway Safety 
Click It or Ticket 
 
Did you know that 9 out of every 10 Delawareans buckle up? Still 1 out of 10 people choose not to wear a seat belt. That’s why the Office of Highway Safety has teamed up with Delaware law enforcement agencies to educate the public and enforce the seat belt law during the 14th annual Click It or Ticket Campaign (CIOT). 
 
What you need to know 
 
CIOT will be in full effect with statewide overtime seat belt enforcement starting Monday, May 12th through 26th. Here are the facts that you need to know: 

  • Delaware’s seat belt use rate is higher than the national average at 92% compared to the national use rate of 86%. 
  • Too many people are being killed because they are not buckled up. 42% of 31 vehicle occupants killed so far this year were not secured in a safety belt. 
  • Delaware police officers are writing tickets to save lives.  Enforcement activities include:
  • Seat belt checkpoints in Dover and Wilmington.
  • 446 saturation patrols by 35 state, local, and municipal police agencies conducted statewide.
  • Much of the enforcement will occur in the afternoons and evenings when the majority of unrestrained injuries and fatal crashes occur. 
Remember, an officer can pull over a driver if he sees any person in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt, even if there is no other violation. Officers will be issuing citations for seat belt violations as part of a zero tolerance policy. The ticket, which goes to the driver no matter who is unbuckled in the vehicle, totals $83.50.

What you can do

In Delaware, being safe while on the roadway is a top priority. Wearing a seat belt is simple and easy, and when used correctly, you are 50% more likely to survive a crash.
  • Everyone in the vehicle, including backseat passengers and children, must wear seat belts properly.
  • Lap and shoulder belts must be worn low across the hips and across the chest.
  • Children must be in an age/weight appropriate seat. The back seat is safest for all children under the age of 12.

For more information on Click It or Ticket campaign and enforcement results please visit www.BuckleUpDE.org, Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe .
 
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This message is being sent to you by the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times.  For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov. 
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