Henderson Police Are Out in Force Telling Drivers “Click It or Ticket”
November 21, 2013
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Henderson, Nev. – Henderson Police officers have heard all the excuses before about why motorists aren’t wearing a seat belt. Those excuses can’t protect your life in an accident or get you out of a ticket.
The Henderson Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be joined by law enforcement agencies throughout the Las Vegas Valley will be out in force the next two weeks looking for motorists and their passengers not wearing seat belts. So it’s either Click it or Ticket.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but there are still too many people not buckling up,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We want everyone to be safe this holiday season but it requires the help of every motorist and passenger – clicking that seat belt.”
Motorists’ most frequently given reason for not wearing a seat belt was they were not driving very far. But 52 percent of car crashes occurred within a five-mile radius of a motorists home and nearly 70 percent happen within 10 miles from home.
More than half of the 121,507 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes from 2007 to 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Henderson Police officers will use saturation patrols throughout Henderson to stop vehicles for traffic violations and then check for seat belt use. Seat belt violations are a secondary offense in Nevada. Failure for an adult to wear a seat belt can result in a $75 ticket and the ticket is $305 for having an unrestrained child in a vehicle.
Police enforcement efforts such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 86 percent in 2012. In Nevada, the rate is even higher hitting 90.5, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Seat belts help prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from the vehicle in the event of a crash. Victims of auto accidents are four times more likely to die if ejected during an accident. In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives, according to a national study.
In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 74 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, 233 people have died on the state’s roadways with alcohol being a factor in 53 of those deaths.
Of the 233 people who have died in Nevada this year in traffic crashes, 169 of those deaths occurred in Clark County. At the same time last year there were 154 deaths caused by traffic collisions in Clark County. In Henderson, there have been seven deaths due to traffic collisions so far this year.
The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.
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