News

2016

There’s No Second Chance. Buckle Up Every Time.

~FHP Participates in National Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This week, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and its partners are participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs May 23 through June 5. Day or night, individuals should buckle up because there is often no second chance. Buckling up is critical in order to avoid unnecessary injuries and death.

“Although wearing a seat belt is the law, the department’s data shows that the consequence of not wearing a seat belt is deadly,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP is committed to raising awareness and enforcement regarding the importance of wearing a seat belt to help ensure motorists arrive alive.”

Preliminarily in 2015, more than 43 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seat belt use is required chose not to wear their seat belts. FHP reminds everyone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers, passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in a motor vehicle.

“The primary mission of our sheriffs is to protect the citizens that we serve,” said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. “One way that we can ensure the safety of the public is to support the law enforcement community’s efforts to promote seat belt use as a proven method of preventing serious injuries and saving lives. As the President of the Florida Sheriffs Association, and on behalf of our Florida sheriffs, I fully endorse and support the Florida Highway Patrol’s ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign.”

“Safety on our roadways is a critical component of protecting the millions of people who call Florida home and the millions more who visit us each year,” said Winter Park Police Chief Brett Railey, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. “Florida’s police chiefs are proud to support the Click it or Ticket effort.”

“Safety is our top priority at the Florida Department of Transportation. We know that safety belt use is the most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” said FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold. “We want to remind everyone to always buckle up.”

During your travels, whether it’s to Florida’s beautiful beaches or to our theme parks, the following tips will help you and your family arrive at your destination safely:

  • Buckle up, every time. A seat belt is your vehicle’s best safety feature. Set the example.
  • Drive sober. One drink is one too many.
  • Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash, if not buckled up.
  • Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly.
  • Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts.
  • Don’t drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off of the road, even for a second, could be deadly.
  • Seat belts save lives. Fact. End of Story.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.

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