Notice to Readers: Click It or Ticket Campaign --- May 19--June 1, 2008
During 2006, motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 32,092 deaths to motor-vehicle occupants (excluding motorcyclists), and 2.7 million occupants were treated for injuries in emergency departments in the United States (1,2). Safety belts are an effective means of preventing serious injury and death in the event of a crash. However, millions of persons continue to travel unrestrained, and some groups, including men and young adults (ages 18--34 years), are less likely to be restrained than others (3). Consequently, young adult males have high rates of crash fatalities (2).
Click It or Ticket, May 19--June 1, 2008, is a national campaign, coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to increase the proper use of safety belts. Law enforcement agencies across the nation participate in the campaign by conducting intensive, high-visibility enforcement of safety belt laws. This year, the campaign will focus on young adult males and will include daytime and nighttime enforcement activities. Additional information regarding Click It or Ticket activities is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at http://www.nhtsa.gov. Additional information on preventing motor-vehicle crash injuries is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/mvsafety.htm.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts: 2006 data. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation; 2008 (publication no. DOT-HS-810-809).
- CDC. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars.
- Beck LF, Shults RA, Mack KA, Ryan GW. Associations between sociodemographics and safety belt use in states with and without primary enforcement laws. Am J Public Health 2007;97:1619--24.
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