Troop Commander Major Grady Carrick offers remarks
at the Click It or Ticket news conference in Jacksonville.
Florida Highway Patrol Major Grady Carrick joined the Florida Department of Transportation’s Chief Safety Officer Marianne Trussell, Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Secretary Charles Baldwin, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, State Senator Tony Hill, and Florida Transportation Commissioner Marty Lanahan in a news conference to remind motorists of the importance of safety belt use and to announce the beginning of this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement and educational campaign.
State Senator Tony Hill, a key supporter of a primary
seat belt law in Florida, speaks at the news conference.
The main goal of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to raise the state percentage of safety belt use to 85%. In 2007, Florida ranked 35th in the nation in percentage of safety belt use at just 79.1%. We could improve this percentage during this year’s campaign if residents and visitors would wear their seat belts and help prevent injury and save lives!
FHP's Troop G motor squad shows up
to support the campaign kick-off.
The Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign gets underway May 19 - June 1, 2008. During those weeks, law enforcement will be increasing normal patrols and enforcement activities to catch motorists who don't buckle up or use child restraints. In addition, law enforcement will be practicing a zero tolerance policy for safety belt usage. If a person is stopped for any traffic violation and is caught without a safety belt, he or she will get a ticket!
Click It or Ticket has ten news conferences planned across the state to help raise awareness of the importance of safety belt use. For more information about Click It or Ticket, please visit www.clickitfla.com.