Savannah police, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department targeting seat belt violators for tickets
As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and Savannah Police Department are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”
From May 24 through June 6, participating agencies across the state are increasing seat belt enforcement as part of the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization.
“Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,” said Sheriff Johnny Alexander. “But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.”
According to Tennessee traffic records, 403 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seatbelt. This is about 33% of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2020.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S.
That same year, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing seat belts.
Tennessee officials say that’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement, and that participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to writing seat belt citations.
Thank goodness the government is protecting us from ourselves. All about the money. Shameful