Sue Scheff: Teen Drivers - Click it or ticket!

It's the law, buckle your seat belt and demand your passengers click-it too! Many teens think they are invincible, it is up to the parents to stress the importance of seat belts. Seat belts save lives.

In Florida, traffic crashes take the lives of thousands of people a year. Most of those who die on the road are not buckled up.

With the busy Memorial Day weekend approaching and spring break is here, law enforcement agencies across Florida are once again joining the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign.

During the crackdown, drivers and passengers will be ticketed if they are not buckled up. If children under 18 are not properly protected, the driver gets the ticket.

In 2007, an average of nine people a day died on Florida roads. So protect yourself, your family and your friends. Be sure that everyone on every trip buckles up.

And if you click it, you won't get a ticket.

Click It or Ticket is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and law enforcement agencies across the state.

Click It or Ticket is the most successful safety belt enforcement campaign ever. Started by North Carolina in 1993, it has helped push the national safety belt rate to 82%. Since Florida joined the Click It or Ticket campaign in 2001, safety belt use has jumped 26%. In 2008, Florida's safety belt rate was 81.7%, up from 64.8% in 2000.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every percentage point increase in safety belt use saves an estimated 270 lives.


Source: Click It or Ticket Florida

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