Contact: Captain Frank B. Castellone, District "B" Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1009 OR Captain James M. Manni, District "A" Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1010
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced that commencing on Monday, March 18, 2013 and continuing through and including Sunday, March 24, 2013, the Rhode Island State Police will be joining local law enforcement in conducting the "Click It Or Ticket" mobilization campaign.
It only takes two seconds to buckle up. And those two seconds could literally save your life. It will also avoid you getting a ticket and an $85 fine for each person in the vehicle who is not wearing a safety restraint. A child restraint violation requires an automatic court appearance.
Deaths and injuries that result from non-use of seat belts cost everyone in the form of higher insurance premiums, medical costs, property damage, and loss of productivity. Plus, the emotional cost to victims' families is too great to measure.
Click It Or Ticket marks a high point in our push for greater seat belt and child safety seat compliance. Patrols will be vigorously enforcing the seat belt and child restraint laws in order to educate the public on saving lives.
Seat belts are the most effective safety feature on vehicles; however, nearly one in five Americans fail to regularly wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of injury by 50 percent.
Colonel O'Donnell reminds ALL motorists to please help to create a safer motoring environment on Rhode Island highways by buckling up.