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May 9, 2014

New Albany Police Department to participate in Click It or Ticket

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket and will be stepping up enforcement starting this weekend.

The NAPD’s efforts are part of a nationwide effort to remind motorists who take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every trip, every time — both day and night,” said Capt. Mike Lawrence, New Albany Police Department. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.   

“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” Lawrence said. “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message.”

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

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