The national Thanksgiving zero-tolerance "Buckle Up" seat belt campaign runs has begun, and will continue through Nov. 26. According to Portage County Safe Communities, the campaign's message is plain and simple -- if you're not wearing a seat belt, you will get a ticket. No warning. No excuses. In an effort to increase public awareness of this campaign and the importance of seat belt usage, Safe Communities coalitions and law enforcement from Portage, Stark, and Summit counties will partner with the University of Mount Union to kick off the campaign at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The event will be held in the Hoover Price Campus Center to announce increased and strict enforcement of seat belts during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Leaders in traffic safety will also discuss the reasons behind this effort and the benefits to our communities. Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately a dangerous time of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, fifty one percent of the occupants killed in a motor vehicle crash were not wearing seat belts. Voluntary compliance of all traffic laws helps reduce crashes, and wearing a seat belt may provide you with the single best protection against other drivers. Seat belts save lives, so Buckle Up America. Every Trip. Every Time.