[Juneau, AK] — The national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign is happening now through June 2, 2019.
“The Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety during a time when seat belts are least used,” said Tammy Kramer, Acting Director, Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, Alaska Highway Safety Office Manager. “With an increased number of cars flooding the streets due to the Memorial Day holiday, and the beginning of our tourist season, it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.
In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. 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 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up.
“If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success,” expressed Kramer. “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Please help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”
Peak enforcement is working. Alaska’s front seat belt usage rate has increased from 78 percent in 2005 to 89.3 percent in 2015, an all-time high-observed usage rate. In 2016, the observed seat belt rate dipped slightly to 88.5 percent.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.