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[Jacksonville, AR] – The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on our roadways, Jacksonville Police Department will be teaming with other state and local law enforcement officers across the country to crack down on seat belt violations.
During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
“You will see us out in force during the long weekend, and we’ll be showing zero tolerance for anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt. Our goal is simple: to strictly enforce the law in order to save more lives,” said Sgt. Amanda Chapman. “If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. In fact, research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
Yet, too many people are still not getting the message. In 2011, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes did NOT wear seat belts at the time of the crash.
“Whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up. Yet too many motorists still need a tough reminder to buckle up,” said Sgt. Chapman. “It’s a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones, but if you break the law and are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will face the consequences.”
Sgt. Chapman said more unbelted fatalities occur at night, and especially at busier travel times, such as Thanksgiving.
Nationally in 2011, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in nighttime crashes were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 43 percent during the daytime hours. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, 57 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in nighttime crashes were unbelted, while only 40 percent of daytime fatalities were unbelted.
With the help of highway safety advocates and local law enforcement officers across the country, we can increase seat belt use and save lives on our roadways.
Don’t risk it on the road this Thanksgiving. Wear your seat belt so you can spend the holidays celebrating with your loved ones and not worrying about the cost of a ticket. Remember: Click It or Ticket.
For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
Child Safety Seat Checks
Due to the high demand of seat checks and lack of staff certified to install and instruct persons on use we will dedicate Wednesday’s from 9am-2pm for Child Safety Seat Checks. Please call (501) 982-3191 for time slot or email email@example.com make sure you give yourself plently of time to attend the check.
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