This Thanksgiving, the Kansas Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies across the state are working around the clock to ensure Thanksgiving travelers are wearing their seat belts. The high-visibility Click It. Or ticket. campaign aims to reduce the number of fatalities that occur when vehicle passengers fail to buckle up.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With thousands of Kansans travelling to visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, the chances of being involved in a vehicle crash increase greatly, and wearing a seat belt could save your life. That’s why law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for unbuckled passengers. If they spot you, they will pull you over and issue a citation.
“Wearing a seat belt could truly be the difference between life and death,” said Chris Bortz, KDOT Traffic Safety Manager. “Tragically, more than half of the people who died in a fatal traffic crash during Thanksgiving 2015 were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Help us and our communities drive to zero fatalities on Kansas roadways this holiday season.”
During the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday period, 53-percent of those killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Seat belt use may have prevented these tragic deaths. NHTSA research indicates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45-percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50-percent.
In 2015, seat belts saved the lives of 13,941 passenger vehicle occupants nationwide. If seat belt use had been at 100-percent, an additional 2,804 people would still be alive this Thanksgiving.
“Every day, we see the effects of unbuckled vehicle crashes,” said Lt. Adam Winters, Kansas Highway Patrol. “Whether you’re driving cross-country or across the street, you must wear your seat belt. This Thanksgiving and every day of the year, remember: Click it. Or ticket.”