Duxbury Police to begin "Click It or Ticket" Campaign May 8th
Starting May 8th through May 29th the Duxbury Police will have extra Officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers not wearing their seatbelts. This is part of the annual "click it or ticket" initiative. This initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division (EOPSS). EOPSS has been successfully implementing the annual "Click It or Ticket" initiative since 2002. Over the past 12 years, Click It or Ticket initiatives have helped increase safety belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 77% in 2014. During the same period, fatalities involving non-restrained (belted) vehicle occupants dropped significantly from 57% of crash fatalities to 28%.
It has been well-documented that safety belts help reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a motor vehicle crash. In 2012, Massachusetts recorded 349 fatalities and 4,384 incapacitating injuries related to motor vehicle crashes on the roadway of the Commonwealth. This was a marked decrease from the 374 fatalities and 4,853 incapacitating injuries reported in 2011.
Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle, including vans and trucks.
FACT 1.) Drivers and passengers increase their risk of injury or death by up to 50% when not wearing safety belts.
FACT 2.) 58% of back seat passengers killed in 2014 weren't buckled up.
FACT 3.) In 2014 seatbelts saved over 12,000 lives.
If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Lt. Michael A. Carbone.