Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use-
Day and Night!
Motorists who decide not to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2012 National Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21, 2012. The Waverly Police Department along with the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up with highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants killed during nighttime (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) motor vehicle traffic crashes were not wearing their seat belts. The daytime, unbelted traffic fatality rate is 42 percent.
In 2011, there were 360 motorists killed in crashes on Iowa roadways, which was a 66 year low. However, 115 of those killed were not wearing their seat belts.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives each year. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, Waverly Police Department and Bremer County Sheriff's Office are helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved roughly 12,546 lives nationwide.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, 2012, motorists should know officers are enforcing seat belt laws year-round. Iowa’s seat belt law has been in effect for nearly 26 years.