The Warwick Police Department have joined state and local law enforcement officers as well as state highway safety advocates for a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, now through March 30. The Office of Highway Safety and RIDOT are providing funds for this campaign.
During the mobilization, officers will be ticketing motorists who fail to wear their seat belts, both day and night.
With proper seat belt use, research shows that the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives nationwide in 2010.
Nationally in 2010, 51 percent of the 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
“The Warwick Police Department is strongly supporting the Click It Or Ticket mobilization from March 24 to 30,” said Lieutenant Michael Gilbert. “Our officers will be out in force to remind drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts- both day and night.”