‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign reinforced

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national for “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs through June 1.

The Georgia “Click It or Ticket” campaign started on May 20.

“We will continue to make seatbelt enforcement a priority,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Rainwater.

Last month’s seatbelt survey showed an increase to 97 percent.

Seatbelts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives, Rainwater said.

“Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seatbelt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle,” he said.

By maintaining the “Click It or Ticket” brand and awareness, Rainwater said the sheriff’s office will continue to reduce seatbelt road fatalities.

May 20 also kicked off the 2014 One Hundred Days of Summer HEAT in the state of Georgia.

During the next 100 days, enforcement efforts are geared toward speeding enforcement, DUI/BUI enforcement and aggressive driving.

The goals of both campaigns are to reduce traffic crash fatalities and reduce injuries from traffic crashes.

For the first time in five years, unrestrained crash deaths have gone up nationwide.

In 2012, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying, but another 10,335 unbuckled motorists still lost their lives.

FH 05-28-14