TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – City leaders came together for a press conference at University of Toledo Medical Center to talk about the importance of wearing a seat belt while hosting a Click It or Ticket event on Thursday, May 26.
“As we continue to see an increase in traffic deaths across the country, risky driving behaviors, like failing to wear a seat belt, continue to be a contributing factor,” Steven Cliff, NHSTA Deputy Administrator, said. “This campaign is designed to remind drivers that a seat belt is truly your best defense in a crash. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.”
Lucas County has had 1,345 unbelted crashes so far this year. Last year Lucas County Safe Communities partnered with ProMedica Ebeid Children’s Hospital to hold presentation at the local Boys and Girls clubs.
They asked children about seat belt usage, whether it was their own or friends or family. The results they had included excuses like, “My mom’s boyfriend is allergic, so he doesn’t wear his seatbelt,” or “I only buckle up if I see cops, or if they are chasing me,” and even, “We only buckle up if we are about to get into an accident.”
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