Department-Wide Seat Belt Operation Geared to Save Lives during the Holiday WeekendThis increased enforcement is part of the national Click it or Ticket campaign which runs through June 5, 2011
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Police officers will be handing out tickets to seat belt violators in an effort to remind them of the law and potentially save their lives.
What: Patrol officers will join forces with the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit to help scope out motorists without a seat belt.
When: May 27-May 30, 2011 throughout the City of Tampa
Failure to buckle up causes more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. Enforcing the seat belt law saves lives, reduces injuries and can put tax dollars to better use. If officers have fewer crashes to investigate, they have more time to fight crime in Tampa. That is why the Tampa Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the nation in the Click it or Ticket campaign May 23rd – June 5th. If officers find motorists without a seatbelt, they can expect to receive a ticket – not a warning. So buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and you may even save a life.
• Every hour, someone dies in America simply because they didn't buckle up.
• Back seat passengers who do not wear seat belts are three times as likely to die or have serious injuries as passengers who wear a rear seat belt.
• The driver is held responsible for passengers under 18 years of age who are not buckled up.
• Research shows that when a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time children in that vehicle will not be buckled either. A child unrestrained in a 30-mile-per-hour crash is equivalent to a child falling from a three-story building. Personal choice is forfeited when others are injured and killed.
• The seat belt violation fine is $103.00