Ga., SC law enforcement join in seat belt campaign today

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Through June 3, officers from across the country will be cracking down on seat belt usage.

“The bottom line is if you can get two people to buckle up, you can save lives,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 10,000 law enforcement officers will participate in Click It or Ticket, an annual campaign to raise awareness about seat belt use. The campaign began Monday and runs through June 3.

“We’re getting into that time now that’s known as the 100 deadly days of summer,” said South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

In South Carolina, seat belts were not worn in more than 60 percent of all traffic fatalities last year. The state has been focusing intensely on raising the number of people wearing seatbelts.

Nationwide seat belt usage was at 84 percent in 2011.

Although the law said vehicle occupants are required to wear their seat belts every day, the two-week crackdown is intended to focus on the importance of buckling up.

Research shows that men ages 18 to 34 are the primary audience in the campaign. In 2010, the group comprised 66 percent of those killed in traffic crashes.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said officers will be out in full force setting up safety checkpoints.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that more than 3 million seat belt citations have been issued nationwide during the crackdown in the past five years.

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Jake 05/21/12 - 05:00 pm
How's that again?

"In South Carolina, seat belts were not worn in more than 60 percent of all traffic fatalities. The state has been focusing intensely on raising that number".
Now how are they going to do that? Sell vehicles without seat belts? I know we are talking South Carolina here but come on.

imwatching 05/21/12 - 05:24 pm

Great catch Jake, I'm busting a gut laughing. Knowing SC, they probably are trying to raise it...LOL!

Gary Ross
Gary Ross 05/22/12 - 07:59 am
Wearing a seat belt may save

Wearing a seat belt may save your life in an accident, or prevent worse injuries than not wearing one. However, they do not cause accidents. Why is it that law enforcement will ticket and fine those who don't wear that personal safety device, yet don't seem to go after those who actually do cause these accidents, like speeders, tailgaters, improper lane changers, and those with excessively bright headlights or tail lights?

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