‘Click it or Ticket’ May 20-June 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Unfortunately, with

the increase in summer traffic we will also see a rise in traffic crashes and fatalities.

Last year there

were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend; four deaths that may

have been prevented. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in

2017 there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide. A

majority of those lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts. The national Click

It or Ticket campaign will take place May 20- June 2, 2019. State and local law agencies across the

state will be stepping up seat belt enforcement with the goal of protecting you and your family.

•Seat Belt Myth Busters

Vehicle Type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks

that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. Fifty-nine

percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2017 were not buckled compared to 42 percent

of car occupants.

Seating Position: Too many people believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-six

percent of all front-seat passenger killed in 2017 crashes were unbelted but 56 percent of those killed

in the back seat were unbelted.

Rural versus Urban: People who live in rural areas might believe that their chance of being in a crash

is lower but in 2017 there were 12,786 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations compared to

10,316 fatalities in urban locations. Of those fatalities, 49 percent of those killed in rural locations

were not wearing their seat belts compared to 44 percent in urban locations.*

(*National data supplied by NHTSA)

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