Fairfield police stepping up seatbelt enforcement for Click it or Ticket campaign
Published 8:33 am, Thursday, November 4, 2010
The Fairfield Police Department is participating in a nationwide effort to send a strong message to motorists -- Click it or Ticket.
On Nov. 8 through Nov. 21, the department will be conducting random checkpoints throughout town where officers will be on the look out for seatbelt violators and issue tickets to anyone caught driving without one on.
"If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect a ticket -- not a warning," said Fairfield police Sgt. Sue Lussier. "No excuses and no exceptions."
According to police, high-visibility enforcement like the Click It or Ticket campaign is credited with increasing the national belt usage from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 84 percent in 2009. Safety belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2008 alone safety belts saved 13,250 lives nationwide.
In addition, police report, nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in a motor vehicle crash. That's why the Fairfield Police Department is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of belt laws during the Nov. 8-21 campaign.
"Please buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same," Lussier said. "You'll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life."