'Click It or Ticket': Atlanta Police Department asks travelers to buckle up
To promote a safe Memorial Day travel season, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety have joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's annual "Click It or Ticket" initiative for seat belt enforcement and awareness mobilization, which runs from May 17th through June 6th.
The APD will assist statewide sheriff's offices, police departments, and the Georgia State Patrol to enforce all traffic laws. The measure is crucial to mitigate the number of accidents, especially during this time of the year. 25 percent of Atlanta's yearly traffic deaths happen during the early summer months, according to NHTSA. In 2019 alone, there were 9,466 unbuckled passengers killed in the United States.
"Our officers see too many people who were not wearing seat belts die or seriously injured in traffic crashes, and that is why these same officers enforce Georgia's seat belt law every day. The more people who choose to wear a seat belt means fewer families we have to notify that a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash," said APD Chief Rodney Bryant.
"With more vehicles expected on the road during the summer, it is important for everyone to wear their seat belt on every trip and for kids under eight to be in a properly installed child safety seat as required by law. No one knows what will happen when we are traveling, but a properly worn seat belt offers the best protection in the event of a traffic crash," said Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole in another statement.