Cambridge Police Department Launches Statewide High-Visibility Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization
Massachusetts is serious about saving lives through seat belt use
In our continuing effort to save lives, the Cambridge Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police, and over 120 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility seat belt enforcement mobilization called Click It or Ticket. The message is simple: Massachusetts drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be prepared to face the consequences.
During the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, which runs from May 14 through June 3, thousands of extra state and local police will patrol the state’s streets and highways in a concerted effort to promote and enforce seat belt use with the ultimate goal of saving lives.
“Too many people still believe that crashes will never happen to them,” said Lieutenant Rick Riley of the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit. “Unfortunately, these tragedies can and do happen every day. The best protection against death or injury is a seat belt.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on known usage, 49 percent of the people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2010 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
“Many people believe they are good drivers,” said Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas, “but they forget that they can get hurt because of other reckless drivers. Your best defense is to buckle up.”
Seat belt use can be the difference between life and death. It is the best defense in a crash. Remember to Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time. For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
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