Police cracking down with 'Click It or Ticket'

Police cracking down with 'Click It or Ticket'

SCITUATE - As motorists take to the roads this month, the Scituate Police are urging everyone to buckle up.

Law enforcement officials have been out in full force since March 24, taking part in the 2014 national "Click It or Ticket" seat belt law enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

"As we kick off the busy spring and summer driving season, it's important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night - no excuses," said Col. David M. Randall, chief of police. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt. Click it or ticket."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Deaths involving non-use of seat belts are more prevalent at night than during the day. Some 62 percent of 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing seat belts, the NHTSA said.

In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide, according to NHTSA.