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HPD cracking down on seat belt violations for holidays

By submitted, 11/16/22 2:02 PM

HOPEThis Thanksgiving, City of Hope Law Enforcement will team up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a high-visibility Click It or Ticket campaign to work toward reducing the number of fatalities that occur when vehicle passengers fail to buckle up.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With millions of Americans on the road travelling to visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, it is more essential than ever to ensure all vehicle passengers are buckled up. With more vehicles on the roads, the chances of being involved in a vehicle crash increase greatly. For this reason, law enforcement will be patrolling the streets, looking for unbuckled passengers. If they spot you, they will pull you over and issue a ticket.

The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to save lives by making sure all Hope, Arkansas drivers and passengers get the message to wear their seat belts. The campaign combines powerful messages about seat belt safety with increased patrolling for all unbuckled motorists.

The National Safety Council estimates that 204 lives could be saved this Thanksgiving holiday period because drivers and passengers wear their seat belts.

“Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing to help prevent you from injury or death in a vehicle crash,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. “This year, we will be out in full force to ensure drivers and passengers alike are buckled up as they travel to their Thanksgiving destinations. Those disobeying the law will be pulled over and ticketed.”