According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved more than 13,000 lives nationwide in 2008. From 2004 to 2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives – enough people to fill a large sports arena. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. In response to this statistic, the Vermillion Police department will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the nation participating in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign beginning May 24 through June 6.
Vermillion Police Chief Art Mabry said, "Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash." Mabry further stated, "Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up "Click It or Ticket" activities that will take place around the clock. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect a ticket – not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions."
Because seat belt usage saves lives the Vermillion Police Department will continue strictly enforcing seat belt and child passenger restraint violations after the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is completed.