The Mountain Home Police Department and Arkansas State Police are reminding motorists to “Click It or Ticket” for the Memorial Day holiday. Through June 2, both organizations are joining other law enforcement agencies across the country to team up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work toward reducing the number of fatalities occurring when vehicle passengers fail to buckle their seatbelts.
According to the NHTSA, over 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants will killed in crashes throughout the United States in 2017, and nearly twice as many males were killed as compared to females. During that same year, 55 percent of those occupants killed at night were not wearing seatbelts. Of the male fatal crash victims in 2017, 51 percent were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up
Participating law enforcement will be taking a no-excuse approach to motorists without a seatbelt on and will be writing citations. In Mountain Home, the law requires all front seat passengers and children to be buckled up. Violations are punishable by a $90 fine.
To learn more about traveling safely for the holiday, visit nhtsa.gov/ciot.
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