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Just One Click Can Save a Life

~Florida Highway Patrol participating in Click It or Ticket campaign ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joins law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 22 through June 4. During the campaign, officers are cracking down on those who do not buckle up in an effort to save lives. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most effective ways to help prevent injuries or death in the event of a traffic crash.

“FHP is committed to making the roadways safer through the use of education and enforcement campaigns such as Click it or Ticket,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners on such initiatives to pave the way to A Safer Florida and ensure our loved ones make it to their destinations safely.”

In 2016, more than 41 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seat belt use is required chose not to wear their seat belts. FHP reminds everyone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers and passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in the front or back seat of a motor vehicle.

“We all know that wearing seat belts keep drivers and passengers safer, so the Florida Police Chiefs Association and its members encourage all Floridians to buckle up and keep your eyes on the road,” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

“Our Florida Sheriffs are committed to protecting and ensuring the safety of the citizens that we proudly serve. The “Click it or Ticket” initiative is an outstanding way of reminding the motoring public to protect those they love by insisting they wear seat belts. Simply clicking that belt closed saves lives,” said Sheriff Jerry Demings, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

During your travels, no matter where it takes you, follow these safety tips to help you and your family Arrive Alive:

  • Buckle up, every time. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s best safety feature. Set the example.
  • Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash, if not buckled up.
  • Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts.
  • Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly.
  • Drive sober. One drink is one too many.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Anything that takes your full attention off the road, even for a second, could be deadly.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.