Safe Communities Carroll County partnered with the Carrollton Farmer's Market on May 20 at the Dollar General Market Parking Lot. The Click It or Ticket Kick-Off is a chance for law enforcement to interact with the community and speak to them on the importance of buckling up when getting into a vehicle. The Carrollton Showstoppers also partnered with Safe Communities.
Once again, Safe Communities Carroll County is 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 22 to June 4, 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 Natasha Yonley, Safe Communities Coordinator. "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 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2014, more than half (53 percent) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up. During the first quarter of 2017, in Carroll County, 17 percent of those injured in crashes, where seatbelts were available, were not using their seat belts. In Carroll County during 2016, 14 percent of those injured in crashes, where seatbelts were available, were not wearing their seatbelts.
Safe Communities Carroll County reports that so far in 2017, Carroll County had one confirmed traffic related fatality. Safe Communities Carroll County would like to continue to remind residents to wear their seat belts, obey speed limits, and drive responsibly. Remember "Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time." Safe Communities Carroll County is led by the Carroll County General Health District.
For more information regarding Safe Communities Carroll County contact Coordinator Natasha Yonley at 330-627- 4866 ext. 1526 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, see www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.