posted at 2:56 pm Mon May 20th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Click it or Ticket campaign beginning May 20th and continuing through June 2nd.
State, local and county law enforcement officers will be conducting high visibility enforcement, in those areas, identified by data, as high crash locations. Enforcement efforts will be supported by federal funds received from NHTSA and provided to agencies by the state's Governor's Highway Safety Program.
Sadly, during 2012, seventy-seven (77) lives were lost on Vermont roadways in fatal crashes. Of those tragic deaths nearly half of the occupants were not properly restrained. Many of those tragedies may have been avoided simply by buckling up.
The upcoming Highway Visibility Enforcement campaign is designed to remind drivers and their passengers that they are required, by law, to wear their seatbelts. Research, conducted by NHTSA, indicates wearing a seatbelt is the single most significant safety measure a person traveling in a motor vehicle can take.
Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell, President of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, advises, "In Vermont law enforcement officers struggle to enforce safety on our highways, to protect our citizens from impaired drivers, distracted drivers, and speed related crashes. The easiest way for all of us to protect more people on the road is to encourage people to use their seatbelts. If each of us told one person we care about to wear their seatbelt, there's no telling how many lives would be saved."
Sheriff Keith Clark, President of the Vermont Sheriff's Association says "Sheriffs in Vermont understand that there are two things which will reduce the likelihood that a Deputy will die in the line of duty. Wearing body armor and wearing a seatbelt are those two acts. During the Click it or Ticket campaign our Deputies will be enforcing seatbelt laws to make sure motorists are less likely to die in the event of a crash on our busy roadways."
Let us get a safe start to the summer season by buckling up for every trip.
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Governor's Highway Safety Program
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