The Houston Independent School District is joining other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. The campaign kicks off May 21 in an effort to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
“The goal of HISD’s Police Department is to ensure the safety of all our schools, but we need the help of the community when it comes to seatbelt safety,” said HISD Police Chief Jimmy Dotson. “Drivers need to ensure that they wear a seatbelt at all times for their own safety, and our officers are committed to enforce seat belt laws at all times.”
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year and HISD’s Police Department is helping spread the word.
NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide. However, in that same year 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
“School will be out for the summer very soon so it’s important we are aware of more children playing in neighborhood streets,” said Dotson. “We ask that all drivers take extra precaution when driving in their neighborhoods to ensure the safety of all our students during the summer break.”
While this year’s 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.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.