Marianna Police Department Press Release

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Marianna Police Department Press Release:
The Marianna Police Department will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign again this year the event will take place from May 24 through June 6, 2021. State and Local Law Enforcement Organizations will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide to assist The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their initiative to increase to use of seatbelts in motor vehicles.According to NHTAS, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.- 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night. In Mariana Florida the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is a fine of $113.00.
The importance of this campaign comes at a time when your roadways will be filled with an increased number of cars due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The data shows that in years past during this time of year there has been a decrease in seat belt usage. This is why it is imperative that we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety.In 2019, we lost 14 community members of Jackson County because of traffic crashes, almost twice as many males were killed compared to females, which is can be directly attributed to males having a lower seat belt use rate.We aren’t handing out tickets for the thrill of it, the data has shown that an increase in enforcement wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving. If you know a friend or family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember buckle up.

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