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'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Begins Today in Stratford

From Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, Stratford motorists can expect to receive tickets, not warnings, if officers find them out on the roads unbuckled, according to this press release from the police department.

Stratford Police Department Joins Click It or Ticket

To Crack Down on Seat Belt Use -- Especially at Night

Seat belts save lives! Yet, too many motorists -- especially those at night -- are not getting the message.

That's why the Stratford Police Department will join with thousands of other law enforcement officers, highway safety officials and safety advocates across the country in support of the 2012 Click It or Ticket mobilization -- a highly visible national enforcement crackdown created to save more lives on our roadways.

During the Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, Click It or Ticket campaign, Stratford motorists can expect to receive tickets, not warnings, if officers find them out on the roads unbuckled -- both day and night.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

Teens and young adults who fail to buckle up are also at an increased risk of dying in a crash.  Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for young Americans, exceeding all crime and disease-related causes.

But the way to protect you and your family is crystal clear. Seat belts provide the best defense against impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers. In fact, wearing your seat belt is the single most effective crash protection available. Yet too many motorists need a reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

However, a seat belt can't save even one life if it's not used. And that's where enforcement comes into play. High-visibility enforcement campaigns such as the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization are widely credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed rate of 85 percent in 2010.

We must not stop now. There are thousands more lives yet to be saved.

So don't forget: Seat Belts Save Lives. Spread the word to your family and friends to always buckle up -- both day and night. Not only could you save them the cost of a ticket, you could even save their lives.

Remember: This Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, it's Click It or Ticket.

For more on the national seat belt mobilization, visit Click It or Ticket headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

Hal Baird November 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM
The other thing they need to do is to resume giving tickets for cell phone users. I've noticed an increase in the number of folks in other vehicles chatting away. It's almost as though that law doesn't exist any more.
Jim Ravis November 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Do we get a free pizza if we turn in an officer who is not wearing a seat belt?
Catmommie November 30, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I agree. And, why are drivers allowed to watch TV or DVDs?
Walt November 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Or yacking on a cell phone? Or watching a movie while at a construction site? Or sitting in a car sleeping at that construction site?
Jim Ravis November 30, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Or not using a turn signal or putting their emergency lights on to get through a busy intersection!
Bill O'Brien November 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I would also like to see tickets issued to drivers who ignore stop signs, especially at the intersection of Cutspring Road and Whippoorwill Lane. Also ticket unaware drivers who go straight on Main Street at Barnum Avenue when the green light for left turns comes on. And while they're ticketing, how about cracking down on the left turns off northbound Main on to Broadbridge Avenue, just after the railroad tracks. A sign indicates no left turns, but drivers do it all the time, adding backups to an already congested area.
Mike November 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
How about ticketing drivers who ignore red lights at the intersection of Main St and the Parkway exit next to Sikorsky? It happens every day.
Beetle Bailey November 30, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I've heard the most active ticket writers were Ofc. Norko and Ofc. Sarris. Put them in the Traffic Squad, if one exists, and get them back writing tickets.
Beetle Bailey November 30, 2012 at 06:54 PM
In response to Walt. These guys are getting big money, most likely more that the construction workers, to protect these workers and equipment at these construction sites. How about the Chief making a rule that if you are working one of these jobs you are mandated to get your asses out of the car and do the job you were hired for.
Walt December 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Yeah, these beaters are getting away with mega OT which is then passed along to UI or Gas Co. ratepayers. They sit in their car or watch TV on their phones with their back to traffic, who cares, they're making mega OT. The best one is the nearly illiterate female officer who works every chance she gets all over town.
Thomas Gee December 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
What about people that "coast through on red" and right turn on red where it is posted prohibited. Also right turn on red with a pedestrian in a crosswalk. You expect to see those things at Arctic & East Main and not at Barnum and Main.
frank December 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
WHAT A WASTE OF TIME There should not be seatbelt laws for adults. period, should you wear one, yes same as a helmet, but shoud you be forced NO! end of story.

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