2012 Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day and Night
University of Houston students, faculty, staff,
and visitors – The University of Houston Police Department will
be starting the Click It or Ticket campaign this month.
The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement
mobilization kicks off May 21 to help save lives by cracking
down on those who don’t buckle up. The University of Houston
Police Department is joining with other state and local law
enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the
country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt
laws around the clock.
Too many drivers and passengers on the road are not wearing
their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61% of the 10,647 passenger vehicle
occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes
overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat
belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42% during the
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America. NHTSA
statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an
estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data
shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle
occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, who were killed in motor vehicle
traffic crashes, 62% were not buckled up at the time of the
crash – the highest percentage of any age group.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization
runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that
officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
“Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat
from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or
Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go
out, both day and night,” said University of Houston Police
Department Assistant Chief Katherine Smith. “Our officers are
prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no
excuses. Click It or Ticket.”
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please
UHDPS CONTACT: Officer Aaron W. O’Donley, 713-743-0600,