FAIRFIELD, Conn. – November 20, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced the start of the Click It or Ticket mobilization that aims to remind motorists and passengers to wear a seatbelt every time they enter a vehicle. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has teamed up with state and local law enforcement to deploy the mobilization to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday. The campaign begins on Thursday November 26 and will run through Thursday December 3.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year and the increased number of vehicles on the road means an increased likelihood of crashes.
In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States. While that was a decrease from 2018, an early study for 2020 suggests that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly. Of those drivers who remained on the roads, there was more risky behavior, including people not wearing seat belts.
Research also indicates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent. In the last decade, seatbelts have saved the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United States.
Connecticut law requires all drivers and passengers in the front seat, regardless of the occupant’s age, as well as all children under 16 in all positions to wear seatbelts. Fines start at a minimum of $92 for first offense.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.
As you head out around the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket. This campaign aims at enforcing seat belt use to help keep drivers and passengers safer on our roads
According to NHTSA, seat belts saved approximately 14,668 passenger vehicle occupants in 2016. If everyone had worn their seatbelts on every trip that year, an additional 2,456 people could be here for Thanksgiving this year.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.
CONTACT: Lt. Antonio Granata