- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:17
- Published on Monday, 16 May 2011 10:12
Des Moines, IOWA -- Law enforcement agencies in Iowa will join officers and highway safety advocates across the country again this year for the 2011 National Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization, May 23-June 5, 2011. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their safety belts – both day and night, as well as all other traffic infractions.
Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. In Iowa, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2010, nearly two-thirds, or 62%, were not wearing safety belts at the time of their fatal crashes. Additionally, 50% of Iowa's traffic fatalities occur during the daytime when 88% of the motoring public is traveling. The remaining 50% occur at night when only 12% of motorists are on the road.
Iowa law enforcement will be out en masse during the Click it or Ticket mobilization looking for violators. If an officer finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a $127 ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions. High-visibility enforcement like the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing Iowa's belt usage rate from 75% in 1997 to an observed daytime usage rate of 93% in 2010. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Life Toll program 6,458 lives have been saved wearing seat belts since the Iowa's safety belt law took effect in July, 1986.
Also, as a reminder, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month and with the onset of nice weather, there is an increase in motorcycles on our roadways. Please be aware of their presence during this month and throughout the year.