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A Quick Click Could Save Your Life

~Click it or Ticket 2015 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The school year is almost over, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and that means the unofficial start of the summer travel season. As you start planning for your summer travel, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) would like to remind drivers to make sure everyone is buckled up when riding in a vehicle. After all, the number one safety feature in your car or truck is the seat belt. To help drive home the message, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs today through May 31.

“Florida’s seat belt use rate stands at nearly 89 percent, which represents the highest use rate in Florida history,” said Colonel David Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “But that means there is still 10 percent of the population that doesn’t buckle up. We must do better if we are going to save lives and teach young people about the importance of using their seat belts.”

While it’s important that you buckle up whenever you get into a vehicle, it’s especially true at night. In 2013, about 59 percent of those who were killed in crashes because they weren’t wearing their seat belts were killed during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol reminds everyone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers, passengers in the front seat, and all children under the age of 18 in a motor vehicle.

FHP offers the following tips to help you and your family arrive at your destination safely:

  • Buckle up…every time. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s best safety feature.

  • Make sure your passengers are also buckled.

  • Obey all speed limits, bearing in mind that traffic congestion may require driving more slowly.

  • Don’t drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off of the road, even for a second, could be deadly. This includes texting, changing the radio station, talking to passengers, etc. Always keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on driving.

  • Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip.