The Mountain Home Police Department and Arkansas State Police are reminding motorists to "Click It or Ticket" for the Thanksgiving holiday. The national campaign, aimed to help protect families while they are busy with holiday travels, begins its seven-day run Monday.
During the 2015 Thanksgiving period, over 300 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States, and over half were not wearing seat belts. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research indicates proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.
According to the NHTSA, seat belts saved the lives of nearly 14,000 passenger vehicle occupants in 2015. If seat belt use was at 100 percent, approximately 2,800 people would still be alive this Thanksgiving.
Participating law enforcement will be taking a no-excuse approach to motorists who aren't wearing a seatbelt and will be writing citations. In Mountain Home, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $90.
To learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit nhtsa.gov/ciot.
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