“HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 2016 BUCKLE-UP AMERICA WEEK AND CLICK-IT OR TICKET ENFORCEMENTS”
The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that this May 23 – June 5, 2016 marks the annual observance of Buckle-Up America Week and Click It or Ticket mobilizations.
The Department staff reminds area residents that safety should be everyone’s top priority; and these annual state and nationwide safety campaigns encourage everyone on the road to use seat belts and child safety seats and use them properly.
“Seatbelts are the most important lifesaving equipment in your vehicle, but they only work if you take the time to use them correctly, states RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion. It only takes a second to snap the buckle on a seat belt, but the benefits can last you a lifetime.”
Since the Illinois primary safety belt law was enacted, safety belt compliance has jumped over 15 percent from 76.2 percent in 2003 to 92.6 percent in 2011.
The Department Staff also offers the following facts to local drivers:
* Law enforcement will be out in force both Day and Night to remind the Illinois residents that are not buckling up, to wear their safety belts – every trip, every time!
* Over 400 Illinois Law enforcement agencies, in addition to the Illinois State Police, will be writing tickets during the Click It or Ticket mobilization.
* As the #1 leading cause of death and disability for Americans between the ages of 4 and 34, motor vehicle crashes are a serious public health problem.
* Safety belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent, and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
* The average cost for a critically injured survivor of a motor vehicle crash is estimated at $1.1 million over a lifetime.