Local Police Departments Begin “Click It Or Ticket” Campaign

SeatbeltFALMOUTH – Police departments across Cape Cod are taking part in the national Click It Or Ticket campaign, aimed to increase seat belt use through additional traffic enforcement.

The effort began Monday, and runs through May 23rd. The campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police say the additional enforcement will be highly visible to drivers and the public.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne. “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is crucial that all motorists buckle up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses. Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers who have neglected to properly buckle their children.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Massachusetts lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to seat belt usage. 88.5 percent of motorists use seat belts nationwide, compared to 74 percent in Massachusetts.

According to federal statistics, nearly half of the 21,000 killed in crashes in 2014 were not buckled-up.

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