As an integral part of this year’s national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which will take place May 20 through June 2, the Hazelwood Police Department will be teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kick-off event.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking all states to participate in B2B, a one-day national seat belt awareness event on May 20, which is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and other law enforcement agencies within their jurisdiction. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints.
According to NHTSA, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in U.S. crashes in 2017. In that same year, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 pm to 5:59 am) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kick-off event is night-time enforcement.
“The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety during the time period when seat belts are least used,” said Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall. “With an increased number of cars flooding the streets due to the Memorial Day holiday, it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety.”
“If the enforcement crackdown wakes up people to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission a success,” said Chief Hall. “If you know a friend or a family member who doesn’t buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before someone you know is killed because of not wearing a seat belt. Seat beats save lives and everyone — front seat and back, child and adult — needs to remember to buckle up — every trip, every time.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.