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La Vernia police enforce ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign

 
La Vernia police enforce ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign
GREGORY RIPPS — La Vernia Police Department members remind everyone that a new traffic light at F.M. 775 and F.M. 1346 is active. Officers also are stepping up enforcement of seat belt use, during the upcoming “Click it or Ticket” campaign, starting May 18.

The La Vernia Police Department reminds motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket.’ The department will be stepping up enforcement beginning Monday, May 18.

The La Vernia Police Department’s efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 18--31. As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law-enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said La Vernia police Sgt. Danny Pitts. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 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. The data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime 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,” Pitts 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. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if people had buckled up. 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, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

 
 
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