Sheriff Earns Grant to Promote Click It or Ticket Campaign
Friday, May 22, 2015
(Lafayette Parish Louisiana) – The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce it has received funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC). The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will use these funds to support the Click It or Ticket Campaign.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is preparing to participate in Louisiana’s annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, with other law enforcement agencies to step up enforcement of the state’s occupant protection laws during the two-week mobilization, May 18 thru May 31, 2015-
Click It or Ticket is a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign aimed at saving lives by getting more people to wear their seat belts. This special enforcement period is part of the state’s annual effort to increase seat belt use through a combination of high visibility enforcement, advertising, and public awareness campaigns. Law enforcement agencies participating in the 2015 Click It or Ticket effort will be working hundreds of overtime hours dedicated to enforcing the state's seat belt laws. Enforcement includes saturation patrols, checkpoints and other tactics.
Click It or Ticket works. Seat belt use is among the major factors responsible for declines in crash deaths nationwide and in Louisiana. A total of 703 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana in 2013compared to 824 five years earlier.
In 2013, Louisiana’s seat belt use rate was 84.1 percent, the highest ever recorded. In the mid-1980s, prior to seat belt use becoming law in Louisiana, only 12 percent of motorists buckled up. At 78.5 percent, pickup truck occupants scored the lowest seat belt usage in 2013. Both rates are below the national average of 87%.”
Louisiana Highway Safety Research Group data confirms that adults in the age range of 18-to 34 are the lowest users of seatbelts. Younger motorists - young men in particular - are most at risk. In 2013, 58 percent of those killed in motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana were not wearing seat belts.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission announced that law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement and awareness campaign from May 18 thru May 31, 2015.
The participating law enforcement agencies have received grants from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct extra patrols during the Click It or Ticket campaign. The Commission’s grants provide for overtime to deputies, police officers, and State troopers who conduct saturation patrols and checkpoints focused on seat belt usage, drunk driving, and other violations. The focus will be on seat belt law compliance during Click It or Ticket.
Participating officers issued over 18,000 seat belt and over 800child passenger citations during the 2014 Click It or Ticket campaign.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign runs from May 18 thru 31, officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round, day and night. Louisiana has a “primary enforcement” law for seat belts, meaning that officers can stop and ticket a driver whom they spot not complying with the law. State law requires all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts, even in the rear seats, and children under the age of 13 to wear a seat belt and/or be restrained by an age-appropriate child safety seat regardless of seating positions. For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.
Capt. John Babin
Lafayette Parish sheriff’s Office
Capt. John babin
Executive Officer / PIO