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Polk County Sheriff's Office Participates in Click it or Ticket Campaign - 05/11/16
New "Coast to Coast" Seat Belt Enforcement Effort
Aims to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation, Save Lives

Polk County Sheriff's Office -- From May 16th through 29th, 2016, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.

This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a "Coast to Coast" seat belt enforcement effort. Deputies will focus on highways, such as Hw 22, Hw 51, Hw 99, and Hw 18. This effort does not limit Click It or Ticket enforcement to these highways; but rather these highways will serve to link and highlight the "Coast to Coast" seat belt enforcement effort.

In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.

During this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season thousands of citizens will travel through Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety of those individuals by enforcement and education through the Click It or Ticket campaign. One of the most important safety measures individuals can take is buckle up.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
Attached Media Files: May_Blitz_Press_Release_(1).doc