Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use Begins Tomorrow

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM EDT

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Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use Begins Tomorrow

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY- As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is urging everyone to buckle up.

Beginning May 20, 2013, sheriff’s deputies will be out in full force, taking part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Sheriff Tim Howard. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket those not wearing their seat belt – Click It or Ticket.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. As noted, deaths involving seat belt non-use are more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Sheriff Howard. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt.”

In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide according to NHTSA. While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 through June 2, deputies are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.