Starting Monday, May 20, state and local law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization effort to find motorists not wearing seat belts.
Continuing through June 2, the campaign is designed to encourage both drivers and passengers to buckle up every time they go out.
Arkansas state troopers and Greenwood police officers are prepared to ticket anyone not wearing his or her seat belt, according to news releases from both agencies.
In 2011, 52 percent of 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Deaths involving those not wearing seat belts are most prevalent between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. both nationally and statewide.
The NHTSA estimated seat belts saved 11,949 lives nationally in 2011.
More information on the “Click It or Ticket” campaign can be found at www.nhtsa.gov.