BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – After seeing six traffic fatalities so far this year, the Bridgeport Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket — because seat belts save lives.
As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies in Bridgeport and around the country will be stepping up enforcement through June 5, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Bridgeport has had six traffic fatalities so far this year and of those, three of those killed were unbelted vehicle occupants.
“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed.
That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
In Connecticut the penalty for a seat belt violation is $92. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared with females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2014, more than half (53 percent) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up.
“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Perez. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot .
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