This Thanksgiving, law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up for the Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety through Nov. 27 to make sure motorists are buckled up no matter where they’re headed.
The Thanksgiving travel period has always been one of the busiest times on Georgia roads and because of that, GOHS uses it to remind motorists to buckle up not just for the holiday, but all the time.
While fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period were down in Georgia last year, collisions and injuries both increased. And it’s not just a problem in Georgia, which has one of the highest seatbelt use rates in the country.
“Almost half of the people who died in traffic crashes last Thanksgiving were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash,” said Harris Blackwood, GOHS director. “That’s why here in Georgia, because we share our borders with five other states, we warn residents and visitors alike to click it or ticket. We want everyone to get home safe, but all violators will be pulled over.”
During the 2014 Thanksgiving travel period, 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes nationwide.
Half of those killed were not wearing seat belts, according to GOHS.