As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department
is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. This annual campaign 'Click it or Ticket' is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs
from May 20, to June 2, 2019.

Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with the busy travel season.“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the message gets out to drivers and passengers,” said Sergeant Jeremy Gordon. “We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash.

We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”

For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, NHTSA is asking all
states to participate in the kickoff event, Border to Border, a one-day national
seat belt awareness event on May 20, that is coordinated by participating state highway
safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to
increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt
enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly
visible state border checkpoints.

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle
occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of
passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their
seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime
enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses
approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit
www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.