Madison County law enforcement agencies recently mustered en force at the Madison County Commissioners chamber in support of the 2014 Click It or Ticket National Mobilization, which is implemented through the Madison County-London City Health District.
Commissioners signed a proclamation Monday to support the initiative, which began May 19 and runs through June 1.
During the aforementioned time period local, county and state law enforcement agencies will take seat belt law enforcement to the next level. Law enforcement officers take special training to spot seat belt violations, officials noted.
Alexis E. Comer, public information officer and coordinator of Click It or Ticket for the Madison County/London City Health District, conducted visual surveys during the month of September in 2013 at two Madison County high schools, London and Madison-Plains.
On the morning of Sept. 26, she conducted a seat belt survey at London High School. A total of 285 people, comprised of students, parents and faculty members, drove through the parking lot. Of the 285 people observed, 194 wore their seat belts, about 68 percent.
She refined the survey to include a breakdown of drivers and passengers. Of the 165 drivers who came through, 130 individuals wore their seat belts, about 79 percent. Of the 120 passengers who came through, 64 individuals wore their seat belts, about 53 percent.
Comer said these statistics stand “pretty close to national seat belt survey statistics.”
On the morning of Sept. 30, Comer conducted a similar survey at Madison-Plains High School. A total of 283 people, of the same mix as in London, drove past the parking lot entrance. Of the 283 people surveyed, again by visual observation, 207 wore their seat belts, about 73 percent.
Of the 183 drivers who came through, 142 individuals wore their seat belts, about 78 percent. Of the 100 passengers who came through 65 wore their seat belts about 65 percent.
According to Click It or Ticket literature, for the first time in five years, fatalities for unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, 10,335 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants died.
Younger drivers are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. Sixty-two percent of drivers ages 18-34 who died in crashes were not wearing seat belts.
Due to these fatalities, law enforcement agencies are stepping up enforcement and cracking down on drivers and passengers who are not wearing their seat belts, officials said.
To learn more about Click It or Ticket mobilization go to www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.