East Baton Rouge Parish -- The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to buckle up. EBRSO began yesterday stepping up enforcement reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 19 – June 1. As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely,” said EBRSO Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”
According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.
“Too many deaths occur on our roadways. Many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt,” Hicks said. “Deputies will be handing out tickets year-round, both day and night, to those who still haven’t gotten the message that seatbelts save lives.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.