TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –As Florida prepares for the influx of Spring Breakers, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs March 1 through March 14. Two messages this month are drive sober and buckle up. Both actions are needed to avoid unnecessary injuries and death, especially since they are both preventable.
“It has been a proven fact, seatbelts save lives,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP’s mission is to save lives and bringing awareness and enforcement to this important action will make a difference.”
In 2015, 21 percent of those who were killed in crashes weren’t wearing their seat belts.* FHP 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.
During your travels, whether it’s to Florida’s beautiful beaches or to our theme parks, the following tips will help you and your family arrive at your destination safely:
Buckle up, every time. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s best safety feature. Set the example.
Drive sober. One drink is one too many.
Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash, if not buckled up.
Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly.
Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts.
Don’t drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off of the road, even for a second, could be deadly.
Seat belts save lives. Fact. End of Story.
*Preliminary data as of March 3, 2015