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May 12, 2009 5:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police want motorists to buckle up

May 12, 2009 5:20 PM

In an effort to raise awareness of seat belt safety, Southampton Town Police have joined forces with New York State Police and other local law enforcement agencies in supporting the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign from Monday, May 18, through Sunday, May 31.

During those two weeks, police will be patrolling the streets around the clock, looking for drivers and passengers who are not properly strapped in, according to Lieutenant Robert Pearce of the Southampton Town Police Department.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect motorists and reduce fatalities in crashes, according to a press release from Lt. Pearce announcing the campaign.

“When worn correctly, seat belts have been proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent in cars and 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans,” Lt. Pearce stated in the release.

Though seat belts greatly enhance the safety of vehicle passengers, nearly one out of every five Americans fails to buckle up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The week of “buckling down on those not buckling up” will be supported by an $8 million national advertising campaign, which, along with additional state advertising, will encourage drivers and passengers to fasten their seat belts, according to authorities.

“Seat belts save lives,” Lt. Pearce said. “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it will.”

The lieutenant added that “Click It or Ticket” is not just a slogan for the buckling up effort. “It’s a promise,” he stated.

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When my husband was in an accident about 7 years ago, he was told he survived only because he WASN'T wearing a seat belt. My grandfather had the same thing told to him many times and actually has a doctor's note that allows him to not wear one. Lt. Pearce says that wearing your seat belt costs nothing but wearing it will - what about the ones who wear them and still die? Wearing a seat belt is just a precaution. Not wearing it costs you $200.00. Hmmmmm
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on May 14, 09 1:08 PM