Nationwide 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Kicks in to High Gear
For a vast majority of experienced drivers, the benefits and importance of wearing a seat belt at all times is common knowledge. Seat belts are crucially important and they save thousands of lives every year. However, Police and safety agencies all over the country are still seeing a disturbing number of deaths and injuries involving car accidents where occupants or passengers were not wearing their seat belts.
"Seat Belts Save Lives" is a common refrain for those promoting driver safety. For the rest of this week, Police and Traffic Safety organizations around the country will be working overtime to ensure that all drivers recognize the fact that this statement applies equally to every motorist on the road. Beginning on Monday, May 18th and continuing through Sunday, May 31st, Police all over the country will be stepping up enforcement and cracking down on drivers that ignore the facts about seat belt safety.
As motorists, we all share our nation's roads and highways and have a responsibility to help create a safer environment for all drivers. Every time we get out on the road, we are only a moment away from experiencing or dealing with a dangerous situation. For this reason, and many others, it is crucial that all drivers, young or old, experienced or novice, make wearing a seatbelt second nature behavior that occurs naturally.
Here are some important statistics to keep in mind this week that demonstrate just how important seatbelt safety really is:
• 49 out of 50 states in the U.S, including the District of Columbia, have mandatory seat belt laws for
all drivers on the books.
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts saved a total of 12,000 lives in 2013.
• In 2013, 45% of drivers and 48% of passengers that were fatally injured in a traffic accident were not wearing a seat belt.
• Vehicle crashes are the number 1 cause of death for young adults ages 5 to 24. This troubling statistic is partly due to the fact that 55% of teenagers that died in vehicle crashes in 2012 were not wearing their seat belt.
The lack of awareness about the importance of seat belts on the part of our nation's youngest drivers is perhaps the most concerning aspect of these statistics. Only 55% of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else. This was by far the lowest percentage of any age group responding to this question, and shows the amount of work that must be done in order to educate young people that wearing a seat belt is a necessity, not an option.
Police and law enforcement officials will be doubling their efforts to enforce fines and punishments for not wearing a seat belt for the rest of this month. However, we all have a responsibility to help make seat belt use second nature in the minds of all drivers. If you are the parent or guardian of a young driver, be sure to have a conversation about the importance of seat belt safety this week. It is never too early to enforce good habits on the part of young drivers, and the Click It or Ticket Campaign presents a perfect opportunity to do just that.
At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Auto Accident and Injury law firm, we know all too well the devastating impact that traffic accidents can have on victims and their families. For this reason, it is important to the attorneys and staff at our firm that all drivers do everything in their power to stay safe on the road at all times.
Whether this means driving the speed limit, wearing a seat belt or selecting a designated driver for the night, Del Rio & Carichoff support every effort that will help all of California's drivers arrive home safe and sound.
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