If you sometimes forget to wear your seat belt or just flat out refuse to wear it, starting Monday, you should be extra mindful about wearing it.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety begins the first of their annual “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.
If you're not wearing your seat belt, you can look forward to getting a ticket because hundreds of police officers from Georgia law enforcement agencies will be extra vigilant about enforcing the law for drivers AND passengers that don't “buckle up.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that automobile accident fatalities are more common at night and more common in rural areas. The common factor in these fatalities is that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
NHTSA reports that 61% of the 10,647 people killed in car accidents in prior years that happened between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM were not wearing seat belts. That was compared to 42% in daytime hours.
In the rural counties of Georgia, 60% of motor vehicle fatalities were due to drivers or passengers being unrestrained. People that drive pickup trucks have the lowest seat belt usage rate, behind cars, vans, and SUVs.
Seat belts save lives. In 51% of fatalities in previous years, drivers and passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Finally, if you are pulled over for a seat belt violation, it could be the start of a DUI investigation. Never give a police officer a reason to pull you over. Once pulled over you can be subjected to questioning or investigation for any potential criminal offense. If charged with speeding, call our Georgia Speeding Ticket Lawyers now. If the stop results in a DUI, then call the Atlanta DUI Attorneys at my office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.