FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [5/20/18]
CONTACT: [Dexter PD, 1 Main Street, Dexter, ME 04930 – DexterPDTraining@yahoo.com]
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BORDER TO BORDER SEAT BELT INITIATIVE KICKS OFF
2018 CLICK IT OR TICKET
[Dexter P.D.]— To kick off the 2018 Click It or Ticket seat belt initiative with the highest level of support, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spearheading Border to Border (B2B), a 1-day national seat belt awareness kickoff event coordinated by participating State highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled and highly visible State border checkpoints. The B2B event will be held Monday, May 21, commencing the Click It or Ticket week, which runs through June 3 and covers the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.
“Past Border to Border initiatives have shown how helpful it can be to our overall goal of spreading the message about the importance of buckling up,” said Chief Kevin Wintle of Dexter Police Department. The B2B kickoff included a 4-hour enforcement crackdown from 4–8 p.m. on May 21. The focus of B2B is on the nighttime hours, during which seat belt use is at its lowest. “We are working across State lines to do all we can to keep our drivers and passengers safe. Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash,” WINTLE said.
The B2B program is also a successful study in collaboration between local law enforcement offices: During the 2017 B2B program, participating law enforcement offices issued citations for 5,695 seat belt and child car seat violations, as well as 14,619 citations for other traffic infractions. This, in turn, reminded drivers to drive safer.
“Our goal isn’t to write citations, but we do know tickets talk,” said [Chief Kevin Wintle]. “The B2B program gives us a chance to get out there on the roads before the real crackdown begins and warn drivers that we will be on the streets, and we will be issuing tickets for those driving or riding unbuckled.”