(DUBLIN, Ohio) – Dublin Division of Police is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket campaign from May 21-June 3.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.
In 2010, Ohio drivers overall increased their seat belt usage from 2009 according to Ohio Traffic Safety Office. However, the Observational Survey of Seat Belt Use in Ohio 2010 said Central Ohio was below the national average of 85 percent for using a seat belt while driving.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
Public Information Officer