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GHSA Chairman Christopher J. Murphy at a national Click It or Ticket press conference, May 16, 2007
GHSA Chairman Christopher J. Murphy at a national Click It or Ticket press conference, May 16, 2007.

Click It or Ticket

2007 Mobilization

May 21 - June 3

In May 2007, GHSA member State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) partnered with state and local law enforcement and other highway safety organizations to launch an aggressive national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization to crack down on low seat belt use and to reduce highway fatalities—with a new emphasis on convincing more motorists to buckle up day and night. Stepped-up law enforcement activities were conducted during the national enforcement mobilization, which ran May 21-June 3.  The mobilization was supported by a projected $10 million in paid national advertising and additional advertising in many states.

More than 15,000 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. during 2005, according to NHTSA, and 59 percent of those killed were NOT wearing their seat belts. The proportion of unbuckled deaths at night is considerably higher than the 44 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were not wearing their seat belts and were killed during daytime hours that same year.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Yet nearly one in five Americans (19 percent nationally) still fail to regularly wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle according to NHTSA’s observational seat belt studies.

For a list of seat belt laws by state, check out GHSA's Seat Belt Law chart.

Examples of specific state efforts are listed below. To find out what enforcement activities are occurring in your state, contact the public information officer for your State Highway Safety Office.

For more information on the national Click It or Ticket campaign, visit NHTSA's website at www.nhtsa.gov/link/ciot.htm.