Law enforcement officers emphasize that seat belt use saves lives
This spring, during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort, the Sarasota Police Department is reminding drivers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt, the department has pointed out in a news release.
“The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, is happening from now until June 5,” the agency emphasized in the release.
“We want the act of buckling up to become automatic to all drivers and passengers,” said Sgt. Anthony Frangioni of the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit, in the release. “It’s not just a safe thing to do, it’s the law,” Frangioni added.
“During the Click It or Ticket campaign,” he continued in the release, “we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across the area to ensure the message gets out to drivers and passengers. Buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented,” Frangioni pointed out.
According to the NHTSA, in 2020, 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States, the release notes. The same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing their seat belts, the release says. “That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement,” the release explains. “Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night,” it adds.
In the City of Sarasota, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $116, the release points out.
“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive,” Frangioni added in the release, “please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed,” he continued in the release. “Seat belts save lives, and everyone — front seat, and back, child and adult — needs to remember to buckle up always,” Frangioni stressed.