Buckle up, ‘Click It or Ticket’ begins today, say Southington police

As motorists take to the roads this holiday travel period and beyond, Southington Police are urging everyone to buckle up.

Beginning today, Nov. 25, and running through Nov. 30, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2014 national “Click It or Ticket” Occupant Protection enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and distracted driving.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Southington police reported, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Seat belts save an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide according to NHTSA.

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from Nov.25 through Nov. 30, officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov

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