The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began he annual “Click It or Ticket” law enforcement mobilization, bringing together over 10,000 agencies across the nation to crack down on seat belt use laws May 22 through June 4. The campaign is targeted to all drivers, including commercial truck drivers. U.S. DOT's "Click It or Ticket Campaign" Begins

Additionally, the blitz will target the hard-to-reach males ages 18-34 who research shows are far less likely to wear seat belts.

According to the U.S. DOT, this National Seat belt Campaign is a multi-pronged campaign that combines on street enforcement with a national media buy campaign airing across TV, radio, internet, and social media to convey the message that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws. The ads, which will air in English and Spanish, generate awareness of stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws and the increased chance of getting a ticket if you’re not buckled up. The ads will air on television, radio and online from May 16-June 5.

NHTSA has been working with the States on Click It or Ticket since 2003. This year the effort will include one evening “Border-to-Border” 22-state operation on May 22, from 4-8 pm to kick off the enforcement mobilization. During these hours motorists can expect high-visibility checkpoints at well-traveled state border sites.

Data from NHTSA show that nearly half (48%) of the 22,441 occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unbuckled. In addition, 57 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 40 percent killed during the daytime. Men continue to outnumber women in not wearing seat belts – 52 percent to 42 percent respectively.

Ejection from the vehicle remains one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes in 2015, about 80 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. Seat belts are very effective in preventing total ejections; in 2015 only 1 percent of the occupants reported to have been using restraints were totally ejected, compared to 30 percent of the unrestrained occupants.

Thousands of Americans are alive today thanks to strong state laws, the Click It or Ticket enforcement and paid media effort, and the year-round “Buckle Up America” campaigns. In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives. From 2011 to 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 64,000 lives.

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