As motorists take to the roads during the Memorial Day holiday, Beverly police are urging everyone to buckle up.
The Beverly police department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division, the State Police and other local departments, will take part in the 2013 national "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement program from May 20 to June 2, and crack down on motorists who are not wearing seatbelts.
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night, no excuses,” said Beverly Police Sgt. Russ Rollins in a recent statement. “Our officers are also prepared to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.”
According to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over half of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Those deaths were more prevalent at night than during the daytime.
The national statistics are mirrored locally. According to the NHTSA, 54 percent of people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2011 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up,” Rollins said. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt – every trip, every time.”
NHTSA estimates 11,949 lives nationwide were saved by using seat belts. Although this year’s "Click It or Ticket" enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 through June 2, officers are still out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
For more on the Click It or Ticket mobilization visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.