From the Orange County Sheriff’s Office

From May 21st to June 3rd, local law enforcement will participate in the NHTSA National “Click It or Ticket”motorist occupant protection safety campaign, in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt usage. This enforcement period comes ahead of the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office embraces this effort to raise public awareness to “Buckle Up Florida”. Throughout the entire two week campaign the OCSO Traffic Unit will be conducting seatbelt enforcement details at various locations throughout Orange County. The goal is to identify motorists not utilizing safety belts along with improperly or unrestrained children; in an effort to reduce the severity of injuries and fatalities due to traffic crashes within Orange County. 

Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness campaigns, Florida’s seat belt use reached a record high of just over 90 percent in July 2017, up from about 60.1 percent in 2000.  That’s progress——it also means that every day, millions of people needlessly put their lives at risk because they don’t buckle up. (Source: FDOT.gov)

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season.“As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens; we want to make sure that motorists ‘buckle up’ to keep themselves and their families safe” said OCSO Motor Unit Master Deputy Greg Rittger.

Media is invited and encouraged to promote the “Click it or Ticket” safety message by attending the detail listed above. Prime Time Frame for Live Shots. Enforcement will be conducted Day & Night throughout the two-week campaign. Remember, not wearing a seatbelt in Orange County is a $114.00 fine (no points), 0-5 YOA does not properly restrain in a child restraint car seat/booster is $164.00 fine and 3 points on your license.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

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