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Police take part in Click It or Ticket campaign
The Grove City Division of Police will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, through June 5.
During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts.
Because night time passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, night time enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Of those who died in night crashes in 2009, nearly 62 percent were not wearing seat belts.
In 2009, 11,593 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
In Ohio, 397 people were killed in crashes and they were not wearing a seat belt.
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide.
The Grove City Division of Police advises drivers and passengers to buckle up and encourage loved ones to do the same.
For more information on the campaign or other traffic safety programs, contact Jeffrey Pearson at 277-1710.
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