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Published on May 27th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Click It or Ticket This Memorial Day

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, New Smyrna Beach police officers urge drivers to buckle up. Officers are participating in the 12th annual Florida Public Safety Institute’s Click it or Ticket campaign through June 2, 2013. Drivers not wearing seat belts may receive citations, according to Interim Police Chief Mike Brouillette.

The fee associated with a seat belt violation is $116.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night,” Brouillette said. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt.”

In 2009, the Florida legislature passed a primary safety belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to pull over motorists not wearing a seat belt.

Officers will conduct pre- and post-campaign surveys at several intersections to determine the effect of the campaign on seat belt use, Brouillette said. Historically, compliance has increased following a campaign.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Deaths involving seat belt nonuse increased to 62 percent at night.

In 2010, 28 drivers died due to lack of beat belt use in Volusia County, according to the Institute.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” Brouillette. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt.”

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please click here.

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