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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Click It or Ticket

The advice is basic: buckle up or pay the price, yet more than 30 percent of Massachusetts drivers still fail to buckle up according to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). In our continued effort to increase seat belt use, the Amherst Police Department joins more than 230 other Massachusetts police departments and the Massachusetts State Police in support of the spring 2009 Click It or Ticket mobilization. This statewide effort runs through May 31 and combines extra, high visibility traffic enforcement, public information, and community outreach to reduce motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries and economic loss.

For the spring Click It or Ticket mobilization, the EOPSS has provided $994,000 in federal highway safety funds. Since its first Click It or Ticket mobilization in 2002, Massachusetts has seen its seat belt use increase from 16% to 67% in 2008. However, Massachusetts still lags behind the 2008 national seat belt use rate of 83% and has the lowest belt use in the country.

During this mobilization, all police departments will encourage compliance with the state seat belt laws across the Commonwealth. For more information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

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