The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department today announced that it ticketed 129 Motorists for not wearing seat belts during the May 23 through June 5, Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. Law enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas participated in this nationwide annual effort to get more motorists to buckle up – and save more lives.
Worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent for front-seat passenger car occupants — and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV, and van occupants. Yet nationally in 2009, 53 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes.
During the mobilization, 129 total citations, which included the following:
Seat Belt Citations 129
Child Restraint Citations 2
Speeding Citations 49
Fugitives Apprehended 3
Other Citations 29
Total Stopped Vehicles 214
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department joined forces with NHTSA and other state and local enforcement and highway safety partners in support of this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization, which featured high-visibility enforcement and outreach activities including paid national advertising in support of the highway safety campaign.
For more about the 2011 mobilization, go to www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)