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Click It or Ticket Enforcement to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day and Night

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 04:38am
Nashville, TN – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – Beware! The 2012 Tennessee Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 11th to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. It will kick off nationally on May 21, 2012.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Office isjoining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.
In 2010 across the nation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 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, compared to 42 percent during daytime hours.
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Kendell Poole, Director of GHSO. “Our goal is to save more lives, so state and local law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”
In Tennessee alone, 2011 preliminary datashows that 189unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night, compared to 160 who were unrestrained and killed during daytime crashes.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across the U.S. each year and GHSO is helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
In 2010, passenger vehicle occupants totaling 22,187 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were NOT wearing seat belts. Preliminary data for 2011 in Tennessee mirrors the same percentage. 
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA 2010 data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants ages 18-34 who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash. The number jumps to 66 percent when only men in this age group are included.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 11 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
“We will be out cracking down on seat belt violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “State troopers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.
The checkpoint dates, available at this time, are attached.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit
List of Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization Checkpoints
(as of May 7, 2012)
Tennessee/Kentucky “Hands Across the Border”
Friday: May 11, 2012
Clay County Fairground
215 Arcott Road
Celina, TN
6:30 pm CDT
Enforcement: Hwy 52 State Line (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CDT)
Tennessee/Alabama “Hands Across the Border”
Thursday: May 24, 2012
Old National Guard Armory
107 East Tenth Street
South Pittsburgh, TN
6:15 p.m. CDT
Enforcement: Hwy 72 State Line (8 p.m.- 10 p.m.)
First Tennessee Pavilion
1826 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN
6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Agency:          Shelby County Sheriff Office
Date:               Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time:               8-10 p.m.
Location:         Kirby Whitten North of Raleigh LaGrange
Briefing:          Appling Farms Substation - 6850 Appling Farms Parkway
Briefing Time: 7 p.m.

Agency:           Shelby County Sheriff Office
Date:                Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time:               11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Location:          Hacks Cross south of Winchester
Briefing:           Appling Farms Substation - Appling Farms Parkway
Briefing Time:  7 p.m.

Agency:            Tipton County Sheriff's Office
Date:                 Friday, June 1, 2012
Time:                7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Location:          Wilkinsville Road north of Simmons
Briefing:           Tipton County Sheriff's Office, 1801 South College, Covington, TN
Time:                 5 p.m.


Agency:          Tipton County Sheriff's Office
Date:               Friday, June 1, 2012
Time:               11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location:         Highway 14 at the Tipton/Shelby County Line
Briefing:          Tipton County Sheriff's Office, 1801 College, Covington, TN
Time:               5:30 p.m.

Agency:            Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Date:                Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time:                9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:          Highway 64 and Cherry, North of Cherry Eastbound
Briefing:           Fayette County Sheriff's Office, 705 Justice, Somerville, TN
Briefing Time:  7 p.m.

Agency:             Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Date:                 Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time:                 12 midnight - 2 a.m.
Location:           Highway 193 & Highway 385
Briefing:            Fayette County Sheriff's Office, 705 Justice, Somerville, TN   

May 3, 2012
THP and Harriman, Oliver Springs, and Oak Ridge Police Departments
Enforcement: 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.
May 25, 2012
City of Oliver Springs
Enforcement: 10 p.m. – 12 midnight
May 25, 2012
Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia border
Enforcement: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
For More Information Contact:
B.J. Doughty
TDOT, Director of Community Relations and Communications
(615) 741-7736

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