As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across Tennessee will be stepping up seat belt enforcement from May 18-31.
A Click It or Ticket blitz will take place right before and through one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and McMinnville Police Department will be participating.
“This is not just us trying to get more seat belt violations. This is a big campaign that’s taking place across the nation to encourage people to wear their seat belts,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “We are also going to be hosting a saturation patrol during Memorial Day weekend to remind people not to drive intoxicated.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained.
Other NHTSA stats: adults aged 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those 35 or older, men are 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than women, teens have the lowest seat belt use of any other age group, and in 2011, 58 percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
One focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. NHTSA statistics show passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night. The campaign is created to crackdown on violators 24-7, but a strong enforcement effort is urged between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time.
From May 18-31, participating agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night.