Click It or Ticket Campaign Begins May 18th!

Lake Clarke Shores Law Enforcement
Will Show Zero Tolerance

Once again, we are reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket.  As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18th through May 31st, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said LCSPD Sergeant William Howell. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained.  At night, between the hours of 6:00 PM and 5:59 AM, that number soared to 59 percent of those killed.  That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Palm Beach County, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $116.00.

Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.  In 2013, about 65 percent of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed were men.  So it comes as no surprise that they wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do – 54 percent of men in fatal crashes were unrestrained, compared to 41 percent for women.

If you ask any of our Lake Clarke Shores Officers that have dealt with families that have lost a family member due to not being restrained in a crash, they will tell you that they wish their loved ones had buckled up.  The bottom line is that seat belts save lives.  If the enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we, at Lake Clarke Shores, have done our job

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.