SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 14, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Since January 1, 2013 in the City of Sarasota, police officers have responded to 109 total crashes where people were not wearing their seat belts. 63 of the 109 crashes had injuries and three were fatalities.
The Sarasota Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies around the state of Florida and around the country to step up ‘Click It or Ticket’ activities during the Thanksgiving holiday. Research has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
Monday, November 17th through Sunday, November 30th, Sarasota Police officers will increase patrol officers to look for impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violations, aggressive drivers, speeding violations, texting violations and every day traffic violations.
Seat belts are the most effective safety feature invented and have helped to save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to wear a seat belt regularly when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. The Sarasota Police Department continues to take part in the national ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign to continue efforts to reduce traffic crash fatalities on the roads of the City of Sarasota.