RECORD NUMBER OF FLORIDIANS USING SAFETY
New study shows four out of five Floridians are buckling up-
Governor Jeb Bush announced that a record number of Floridians are using
safety belts. The Preusser Research Group recently reported that 80.7
percent of drivers and their front seat passengers are using safety belts on
Florida highways. Overall, safety belt usage rates in Florida have climbed
more than 20 percent since 2000.
“A vast majority of Floridians are using safety belts,” said Governor Bush.
“Wearing a safety belt saves lives. It is the single most effective way to
prevent injuries and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes."
The official rate of 80.7 percent was determined by observing safety belt
usage at various intersections throughout Florida from June 2 to 9, 2006.
The sample of intersections was selected based on the established criteria
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This official
survey took place after the Memorial Day statewide “Click It or Ticket”
campaign as required by NHTSA.
“We attribute this success to the partnerships we have made with law
enforcement agencies, the media and local traffic safety advocates to
encourage citizens and visitors to wear safety belts,” said Florida
Department of Transportation Secretary Denver Stutler. “This initiative is
about more than traffic citations and commercials. It is about saving lives
on Florida’s highways.”
Throughout the three-week “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign, local
and state law enforcement agencies issued more than 46,000 safety belt and
child restraint citations. Although safety belt usage was the primary focus
of this effort, law enforcement officers reported more than 160,000
incidents, ranging from impaired and reckless driving citations to felony
arrests and stolen vehicle recovery.
“The fact that more Floridians are buckling up will no doubt save lives and
prevent injuries – something our troopers and law enforcement partners
strive to achieve every day,” said FHP Director Colonel Christopher Knight.
For more information on Florida’s “Click It or Ticket” safety belt campaign,
please visit www.clickitfla.com.