Monday, May 18, 2009

Click It Or Ticket Under Way

WHAT: Click It Or Ticket

WHEN: May 18-31

SUMMARY: Deputies will be watching Collier County motorists to make sure everyone is properly buckled up in cars when Click It Or Ticket gets under way Monday.

All vehicles will be a target during the annual nationwide safety belt enforcement campaign.

The purpose of the two-week campaign is to increase safety belt use and reduce fatalities on Florida's roadways.

The fine for not wearing a seat belt is $98 in Collier County.

During Click It Or Ticket CCSO deputies will be conducting various countywide heightened enforcement details and efforts to draw attention to the importance of safety restraint use.

Deputies will also be teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol, Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue, and Safekids Worldwide to offer Collier and Lee County professionals training on child passenger safety and safety seat installation.

Collier County has the highest safety belt compliance rate – 92 percent – in the state, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

CCSO is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across the state, along with the FDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to crack down on drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up.

Click here to watch a CCSO video on seat belt safety.