Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with the Patrol Division will step up its efforts in enforcing Georgia’s Seatbelt and Child Restraint laws, in conjunction with the nation wide “Click it or Ticket” campaign that will run from May 19-June 1. The first nationwide traffic enforcement campaign of the year will include the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday.
“Click It or Ticket” is a nationwide enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage, and to reduce serious injury or fatal car crashes. Research data from 2006 shows that 72-percent of passenger vehicle occupants involved in serious car crashes nationwide survived when wearing their seat belts correctly. Seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45-percent.
The current statewide seat belt usage in the state of Georgia is at 90%, the highest in the Southeast. The most recent seat belt usage survey conducted in April 2008 by the Dalton Police Department showed that Dalton’s seatbelt usage stood at 90%.
The Dalton Police Department will be holding a Child Car Seat Check from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, in conjunction with “Click It or Ticket. The car seat check is free to the public.
On hand to check child car seats will be technicians from Whitfield County Chapter of Safe Kids along with technicians from Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division. Technicians will help parents of children with the correct installation and use of Child Car Safety Seats, or inspect installed seats to insure they are not damaged or out of date.
Also participating in the car seat check will be trucks from the Dalton Fire Department, an ambulance from Whitfield EMS and the Mobile Command Unit from Whitfield County 911 Center.
The Dalton Police Department is asking all motorists to make this Memorial Day Holiday a safe one by obeying all speed limits, buckling up and to not drink and drive.
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