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“Click It or Ticket” Launched to Boost Seat Belt Use – And to Save Lives

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005, 15,294 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
  • Fifty-nine percent of those killed were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. That percentage is considerably higher than the 44 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were unrestrained and killed during daytime hours.
  • Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Nationally in 2005, 77 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who were in a fatal crash and who were buckled up, survived the crash.
  • When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.
  • Nearly one in five Americans (19 percent nationally) still fail to regularly wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Nighttime Drivers, Young Males, and Teens Among Those Least Likely to Buckle Up and At Greatest Risk

  • Men – especially younger men – are much less likely to buckle up. In 2005, 67 percent of male drivers and 74 percent of male passengers between the ages of 18 and 34 in passenger vehicles who were killed in crashes were NOT wearing their seat belts.
  • According to NHTSA, pickup truck drivers and passengers, particularly among young males, consistently have the lowest seat belt usage rates of all motorists.
  • In 2006, the observed seat belt use rate in pickup trucks was only 74 percent compared to 82 percent in passenger cars and 84 percent in vans and SUVs.
  • This lack of seat belt use is deadly. In 2005, 68 percent of pickup truck drivers and 71 percent of pickup truck passengers who were killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up.
  • One of the deadliest outcomes in any vehicle crash occurs when passengers get ejected from the vehicle – with most ejections coming from failure to wear seat belts.
  • In fact, 75 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from their vehicle in 2005 were killed. But only one in 100 drivers and passengers in fatal crashes who were wearing their seat belts were totally ejected.
  • Motorists can increase the odds of survival in a rollover crash in a light truck by nearly 80 percent by wearing their seat belt.
  • During 2005, more than one in ten (or 12.6 percent) of all drivers involved in fatal crashes across the U.S. were drivers between the ages of 15 and 20.
  • An alarming 62 percent of teenage passenger vehicle occupants killed in fatal crashes during 2005 were NOT wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

No More Excuses – “Click It or Ticket”

  • The Livermore Police Department is joining with hundreds of other state and local law enforcement and highway safety officials across the nation during mid-May through Memorial Day to launch an aggressive national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization to crack down on low seat belt use and to reduce highway fatalities – with a new emphasis this year on convincing more motorists to buckle up – day and night.
  • The goal is simple: to save more lives by convincing drivers and passengers – especially motorists at night – to always buckle up.
  • Seat belt checkpoints and other stepped-up law enforcement activities will be conducted during the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement mobilization, which runs May 21- June 3.
  • Unless you want to risk a ticket, or worse - your life, you need to always remember to “Click It or Ticket” day and night.
  • For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/link/ciot.htm.