Buckle Up!

That's the message behind the Click It or Ticket Campaign set to happen from November 16-29.

“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our law enforcement officers across local lines to ensure the seat belt safety message gets out to all drivers and passengers,” said Ron Czajkowski, Acadiana Safety Coalition Coordinator, in a press release. “By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life and devastating injuries that could’ve been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. That’s why buckling up is more than just a good idea—it’s the law.”

As we know, more drivers hit the road during the Thanksgiving holiday. That means more possibilities for fatal crashes. Just in the Troop I region throughout Acadiana alone, State Police spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says they have investigated 51 fatal crashes resulting in 56 deaths in 2020.

Here's a sobering statistic presented by NHTSA: In 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.