Click It or Ticket and
Buckle Up in Your Truck
The 2012 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 – June 3, 2012. During
this time, there is also a special awareness effort directed toward pickup drivers and
passengers who are less likely to buckle up than those in other passenger vehicles.
In (State) in 2010, (#) people age five and over were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. But
thanks to seat belts, (#) lives were saved.
LA = 504, 263 / MS = 521, 243 / NM = 248, 192 / OK = 482, 243 / TX = 2,051, 1,425
Every year on average, seat belts save more than 12,000 lives nationwide. That’s comparable to
saving the entire population of (City) as a result of seat belts!
LA – Mandeville / MS – Canton, Long Beach, or Picayune / NM – Artesia / OK – Guthrie / TX – a small Texas
Yet many are still not buckling up. In 2010, of the 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants who were
killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide, 51 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of
their fatal crashes.
Why buckle up? Among other things, seat belts keep you from being ejected, one of the most
dangerous things that can happen in a crash. In fatal crashes during 2010, 78 percent of
passenger vehicle occupants who were thrown from their vehicles were killed. However, only one
percent of crash victims who were buckled up were totally ejected from their vehicles, compared to
32 percent of those who were unbelted.
Buckle Up in Your Truck, Too
Pickup truck drivers and passengers are at an especially high risk. In 2010, 65 percent of pickup
truck occupants killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up at the time of the crashes, compared to
44 percent of passenger car occupants.
Nearly a million pickup drivers and passengers in this region are still not buckling up, resulting in
more than 1,000 pickup occupants dying every year in traffic crashes.
In 2009 alone, 4,792 pickup drivers and passengers were killed in traffic crashes across the country.
Of those, 1,124 were in the local five state region of Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
and Texas (23 percent of the nationwide total); (#) of those were here in (State).
LA = 186 / MS = 143 / NM = 71 / OK = 172 / TX = 609
Overall seat belt use in the five states is about 89 percent (in all vehicles). Seat belt use in pickup
trucks in (State) is ___ percentage points lower than use rates in all passenger vehicles.
LA = 8 / MS = 4.5 / NM = 4 / OK = 7 / TX = 3
In (State), overall seat belt use is ___ and the rate for pickup trucks is ___.
LA = 77.7%, 70% / MS = 81.9%, 76.5% / NM = 90.5%, 86.3% / OK = 85.9%, 78.5% / TX = 93.7%, 90.8%
Why are pickup truck drivers and passengers at a higher risk? In fatal crashes, pickup trucks
rollover twice as often as passenger cars, and rollovers are one of the most deadly forms of
crashes among passenger vehicles.
In 2009, rollovers crashes accounted for 48 percent of those killed in pickup trucks.
Wearing seat belts reduces the risk of dying in a rollover crash by 70 percent or more.
Yet in 2009, 68 percent of those killed in pickup truck crashes were unbuckled — the highest
percentage of unrestrained occupant deaths over all passenger vehicles.
Click It at Night
Nighttime is another dangerous time for motorists, as motorists buckle up less often than during
daylight hours. To combat this, (LE Agency) is joining with other State and local law enforcement
officers by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.
Nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle
traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the
fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the day.
Avoid a Ticket
This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3.
Although officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round, during this time (LE Agency) officers
are intensifying their efforts, making it a top priority to save more lives by cracking down on seat belt
Buckle up every time you go out, in every vehicle and both day and night. If you don’t, be prepared
to get pulled over and reminded. Click It or Ticket.