Memorial Day Warnings Abound: ‘Click It or Ticket’

In case you haven’t heard, there is a nationwide ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign going on right now. In most cases these campaigns will continue right through the first week of June. So, if you plan on driving anywhere, be certain you buckle up.

Wearing a seat belt every time you get behind the wheel, or climb into the back seat or get into any vehicle at all, is just common sense for most of us. Seat belts save lives. Hundreds of studies have been conducted over the past 50 years which have shown repeatedly that vehicle passengers who wear seat belts are safer, less likely to suffer injury or death, in the result of a crash. But despite all this evidence some people still refuse to wear a seat belt for a variety of reasons.

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that obese individuals were much less likely to buckle up than people with an average size frame. This is mostly due to comfort. Seat belts can be uncomfortable, especially if your body is pressed tightly against them, but it doesn’t reduce their ability to keep you safe. Some people actually believe their large frame will help protect them in the event of a crash, but unless they can bench press abut 12,000 pounds (the force of a front end crash at 35 mph) they just aren’t up to the job.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, although seat belt use around the state is up, people who drive pick-up trucks are still reluctant to buckle up. In fact, seat belt use by people who DO NOT drive pick-up trucks outpaces pick-up truck drivers by 4 to 1.

This nationwide ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign is designed to focus on those people who refuse to use their seat belt for whatever reason. Citations will be handed out by the thousands and maybe, just maybe, people will think twice before riding without a seat belt.