Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Grove City police to crack down on seat belt violations

Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware.

The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21 to help save lives by cracking down on those who dont buckle up.

The Grove City Division of Police will join other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, compared to 42 percent during daytime hours.

“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts and it all too often ends in tragedy, said Chief Steve Robinette.Our goal is to save more lives, so the Grove City police will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.

In Franklin County, there were 78 fatal accidents in 2011. So far this year, there have been 17 fatal crashes reported.

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year and the Grove City Division of Police is helping spread the word.

NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

While this years Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

“Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night, said Captain Jeff Pearson.Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up – no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.

For more information on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov. To learn more about Grove City Division of Police traffic safety programs, contact Lt. Brian Davidson at 277-1710.

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