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Posted on: May 12, 2017

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The Gardner News
Click It or Ticket
Gardner Police looking to enforce seat belt use

GARDNER — The Gardner Police Department will take part in the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 8-29. This high-visibility mobilization will promote seat belt use through increased traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries.

“More people buckling up means more lives saved,” said Lt. Richard Braks. “Our officers will be out enforcing the seat belt and child passenger safety laws so that fewer people are needlessly injured or killed in crashes in Gardner.”

“The city of Gardner participates yearly in all available Governor Highway Safety Bureau traffic enforcement grant deployments,” said Braks. “The primary concern for monitoring the motoring public is to enhance safety, while the principal objective of active traffic enforcement is to educate and bring about public vigilance to exercise care and caution as people travel the roadways.”

Massachusetts seat belt use is significantly lower than the national average — 78 percent compared to 90 percent, according to the state’s annual seat belt observation study.

Sixty-four percent of the 172 people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Massachusetts roads in 2015 were known to be unrestrained, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .

Seat belts saved an estimated 72 lives in Mass­achusetts in 2015, according to the Traffic Safety Administration, and an additional 41 deaths could have been prevented if seat belt usage was at 100 percent.

The campaign is being done in conjunction with the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts State Police, and up to 200 other Mass­achusetts police departments.

“The simple act of buckling up will give you a fighting chance in the event of a crash — increasing your chances of surviving by at least 50 percent,” said Jeff Larason, director of the Highway Safety Division. “We’re asking all drivers to protect themselves by wearing a seat belt on every trip — short or long, day and night — and to keep their eyes on the road.”

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