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Police Department
November 21, 2017



Middletown, RI.  As motorists take to the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, the Middletown Police are urging everyone to buckle up.   Beginning November  20th, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2017 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.


“As we kick-off the busy holiday driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,” said Lt. Jason Ryan “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,428 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Unrestrained fatalities continue to be more prevalent during the nighttime hours; 56 percent of unrestrained fatalities occurred during nighttime, while 41 percent occurred during the daytime.


“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Lt. Jason Ryan, “We want to make this the safest holiday season possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.  That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law.  Click it or Ticket, every time, day or night.”


From 2011 to 2015, seat belts have saved nearly 64,000 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from November 20-26th, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.


For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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