The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is running its annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign, which began May 23rd and will end June 5th. The campaign originated in North Carolina in 1993, and since then, the program has spread across the country, with dozens of other states adopting the program. The goal of the Click it or Ticket campaign is to convince drivers and passengers - especially young people - to use their seatbelts every time they get into a vehicle, not matter how near or far you are traveling.
Many people who do not routinely wear seatbelts think that if you are not going to be traveling too far from home, you do not need to wear seatbelts. What they do not realize is that most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
The NHTSA targets the time around Memorial Day weekend to promote seatbelt safety awareness since the holiday is considered the kickoff of summer and has historically shown an increase in the amount of traffic traveling on the nation’s roads.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that there will be 409 people killed and almost 41,000 to 53,000 people injured in vehicle crashes for the 2017 Memorial Day weekend.
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The use of seatbelts is almost 50 percent effective in saving lives in vehicle crashes. The NSC also estimates that almost 140 lives will have been saved over the holiday weekend by people who had seatbelts on during a crash. Another 96 lives could have been saved if they were wearing seatbelts during the time of the crash.
The NSC offers these safe driving tips for not only holiday weekends, but for every day driving safety:
- Buckle up every time you get in your vehicle, no matter how close or far your destination is.
- All passengers should also be buckled up.
- Make sure children are in age-appropriate safety seats. Children under 12 years old should ride in the back seat.
- Avoid activities that fall under distracted driving. Cell phone use, both hands-free and handheld, should be avoided. Never text and drive.
- Never drink and drive. Pick a designated driver.
- Drive defensively and always with caution.
- Allow yourself enough travel time to arrive at your destination, especially during periods where there will be more traffic on the road than usual.
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